Sport Tigers locked in for MCG AFL showdowns
Wests Tigers v Eels: Five things we learned in Parramatta's clumsy Easter Monday win over Wests Tigers
Wests Tigers v Eels: Five things we learned in Parramatta's clumsy Easter Monday win over Wests TigersIn front of 29,056 fans at Stadium Australia, a record for this season, the Eels were their own worst enemy as they produced a number of key errors to allow the Wests Tigers back into the match.
Reigning premiers Richmond are locked in for two Friday night blockbusters at the MCG, with the AFL unveiling the schedule for rounds seven and eight.
The Tigers will face fellow premiership fancies the Western Bulldogs, before their grand-final rematch with Geelong in the second of back-to-back prime-time games at their home fortress.
Richmond were victorious in both games against Geelong in the Queensland hub last year, and the teams last played each other at the MCG in the 2019 preliminary final, which the Tigers won by 19 points.
Gold Coast Suns to celebrate their tenth anniversary this Saturday night
The Gold Coast Suns will indirectly mark the tenth anniversary of their AFL debut when they host Carlton at Metricon Stadium this Saturday night as part of a huge Round 4 of the 2021 AFL season. It seemed like only yesterday the club, which had the working name GC17, took to the field for its first ever AFL match which was played against the Blues on a warm Saturday evening at the Gabba, with the visitors winning by a whopping 119 points.
After six-straight Thursday night games to kick-start the season, the AFL has reverted to a traditional Friday night match to open the weekend.
All match-ups have been locked in for the season, but the AFL will operate on a rolling fixture to deal with COVID-19 complications and to ensure big games are slotted in the best timeslots.
"A flexible fixturing approach has provided us with an opportunity to optimise our scheduling of primetime slots in each round," AFL broadcasting manager Travis Auld said.
"The clubs featured in the next block have been strongly influenced by their form in the early part of the season."
The AFL will release the schedule for rounds nine and 10 in two weeks.
Friday, April 30
Richmond v Western Bulldogs, MCG
Moses Mbye seeks permission to leave Wests Tigers due to 'lack of value for money'
Wests Tigers utility Moses Mbye is seeking permission to leave the club next season, citing a 'lack of value for money' due to his marquee contract.The 27-year old has been at the club since 2018, and was signed by former Tigers coach Ivan Cleary - but in recent seasons under Michael Maguire, has fallen out favour.
Saturday, May 1
Collingwood v Gold Coast Suns, MCG
Adelaide v GWS Giants, Adelaide Oval
St Kilda v Hawthorn, Marvel Stadium
Sydney Swans v Geelong Cats, SCG
Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide, Gabba
Sunday, May 2
North Melbourne v Melbourne, Blundstone Arena
Essendon v Carlton, MCG
West Coast Eagles v Fremantle, Optus Stadium
Friday, May 7
Richmond v Geelong Cats, MCG
Saturday, May 8
GWS Giants v Essendon, GIANTS Stadium
Gold Coast Suns v St Kilda, Metricon Stadium
North Melbourne v Collingwood, Marvel Stadium
Melbourne v Sydney Swans, MCG
Port Adelaide v Adelaide, Adelaide Oval
Sunday, May 9
Hawthorn v West Coast, MCG
Western Bulldogs v Carlton, Marvel Stadium
Fremantle v Brisbane Lions, Optus Stadium
The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 3 .
Easter and its four-day footy festival are here early this year – as is crunch time in tipping land. My heroically brave and sagely wise Brisbane tip on Friday night was undone by one the cruellest injustices modern history has ever witnessed and if it costs me the title, there’ll be hell to pay. What is has done, in the meantime, is put me behind Dem Panopoulos and Liam Salter in the early going. A normally adequate score of six was dramatically outshone by Dem’s (and the Crowd’s) impressive eight, while Liam made up for Round 1’s mess with seven.