AFL | 2019 Toyota Premiership Season

AFL | 2019 Toyota Premiership Season

The AFL has announced the opening round fixture for the 2019 AFL season.

Victorian games shown in GREEN

AFL Round 1


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Carlton v Richmond at the MCG, 7.20pm AEDT

Friday, March 22, 2019

Collingwood v Geelong at the MCG, 7.50pm AEDT

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Melbourne v Port Adelaide at the MCG, 1.45pm AEDT

Adelaide v Hawthorn at Adelaide Oval, 4.05pm ACDT

Western Bulldogs v Sydney at Marvel Stadium, 7.25pm AEDT

Brisbane v West Coast at the Gabba, 7.20pm AEST

Sunday, March 24, 2019

St Kilda v Gold Coast at Marvel Stadium, 1.10pm AEDT

Greater Western Sydney v Essendon at Spotless Stadium, 3.20pm AEDT

Fremantle v North Melbourne, Optus Stadium, 3.20pm AWST


AFL reveals opening round fixture for 2019

CARLTON and Richmond could unveil big-name recruits Mitch McGovern and Tom Lynch on the first night of the 2019 AFL opening round, with those clubs again kicking off the new season.

They met in a Thursday night blockbuster at the MCG in 10 of the past 11 years in round one, including being the season opener in the last four and drawing an average crowd of 80,622.

The same venue and timeslot is locked in for the two teams on March 21, 2019.

The 2018 clash drew 90,151 fans as the Tigers unfurled their premiership flag, only to concede the first five goals then rally to win 17.19 (121) to 15.5 (95).

AFL general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld told AFL.com.au the Blues were never going to be stripped of the fixture privilege despite their struggles in recent seasons.

But Auld hinted Carlton would make fewer appearances in the marquee Friday night timeslot.

"This particular slot stands alone," Auld said.

"It's averaged an 80,000 crowd for the last (four) years and last year's crowd was over 90,000 and a really good game â€' a high-scoring game â€' and rated really well in broadcast.

"We understand there was some feedback last year about Carlton, particularly Friday nights, and that will be addressed through the fixture.

"But certainly this game is a big game regardless of how the two teams are expected to perform and both have got some new, exciting players coming in."

Other highlights include new Bomber Dylan Shiel facing his old side Greater Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium on the Sunday afternoon, and Collingwood and Geelong facing off at the MCG on the Friday night.

Western Bulldogs and Sydney, the 2016 Grand Final combatants, will play the first AFL match for premiership points since the Marvel Stadium rename in one of the two Saturday night games.

West Coast starts its premiership defence on the road against Brisbane at the Gabba in the other Saturday night contest.

Elsewhere, Melbourne and Port Adelaide will play each other in round one for the first time in six years at the MCG on the Saturday afternoon, while the Crows host Hawthorn at Adelaide Oval the same day.

St Kilda takes on Gold Coast in the early Sunday game as they both try to kickstart improved campaigns.

North Melbourne travels for the second straight season to meet Fremantle at Optus Stadium in the final match of the round.

Source: afl.com.au




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Melbourne Collingwood
Melbourne Essendon
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Melbourne Hawthorn
Melbourne Melbourne
Melbourne North Melbourne
Melbourne Port Adelaide
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Melbourne Sydney Swans
Melbourne West Coast Eagles
Melbourne Western Bulldogs

Grounds


Melbourne ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Melbourne Adelaide Oval
Melbourne Blundstone Arena, Hobart
Melbourne Cazaly's Stadium, Cairns
Melbourne Marvel Stadium
Melbourne GMHBA Stadium | Geelong | Matches
Melbourne Manuka Oval | Canberra
Melbourne Mars Stadium | Ballarat
Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
Melbourne Optus Stadium, Perth
Melbourne Spotless Stadium, Sydney
Melbourne Sydney Cricket Ground
Melbourne The Gabba, Brisbane
Melbourne TIO Traeger Park
Melbourne University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston UTAS
Melbourne UNSW Canberra Oval

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Television

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*Internet Radio: Game calls only AFL Live App (above).

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