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Sport AFL repays fans with wanted fixture addition

10:15  14 may  2021
10:15  14 may  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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The wishes of thousands of AFL fans have come true with the governing body locking in a return to Thursday night footy.

The AFL has today released the fixture for Rounds 13, 14 and 15, as part of its 'rolling fixture' model in place for the 2021 season in its combat of COVID-19.

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A blockbuster clash between Port Adelaide and Geelong at Adelaide Oval will kick-start at least a three-week block of Thursday night games.

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That will be followed by a mouthwatering duel pitting the West Coast Eagles against Richmond at Optus Stadium to get Round 14 underway, before a rematch of last year's preliminary final between Brisbane and Geelong at The Gabba opens Round 15.

Among the other highlights of the three-week fixture reveal is the traditional Queen's Birthday match between Collingwood and Melbourne at the MCG in Round 13, which is held in conjunction with Neale Daniher's Big Freeze event in the fight against motor neuron disease.

FIXTURES RELEASED BY AFL TODAY

ROUND 13:

Thursday, June 10

Port Adelaide v Geelong, Adelaide Oval, 7.10pm ACST

Friday, June 11

Sydney v Hawthorn, SCG, 7.50pm AEST

Saturday, June 12

Fremantle v Gold Coast, Optus Stadium, 2.15pm AWSTSt Kilda v Adelaide, Cazalys Stadium, 7.25pm AEST

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Sunday, June 13


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North Melbourne v Greater Western Sydney, Blundstone Arena, 3.20pm AEST

Monday, June 14

Melbourne v Collingwood, MCG, 3.20pm AEST

Byes: Brisbane, Carlton, Essendon, Richmond, West Coast, Western Bulldogs

ROUND 14:

Thursday, June 17

West Coast v Richmond, Optus Stadium, 6.10pm AWST

Friday, June 18

Geelong v Western Bulldogs, GMHBA Stadium, 7.50pm AEST

Saturday, June 19

Gold Coast v Port Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, 1.45pm AESTNorth Melbourne v Brisbane, Marvel Stadium, 4.35pm AESTGreater Western Sydney v Carlton, Giants Stadium, 7.25pm AEST

Sunday, June 20

Hawthorn v Essendon, MCG, 3.20pm AEST

Byes: Adelaide, Collingwood, Fremantle, Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney

ROUND 15:

Thursday, June 24

Brisbane v Geelong, Gabba, 7.20pm AEST

Friday, June 25

Richmond v St Kilda, MCG, 7.50pm AEST

Saturday, June 26

North Melbourne v Gold Coast, Blundstone Arena, 1.45pm AESTCollingwood v Fremantle, Marvel Stadium, 4.35pm AESTEssendon v Melbourne, MCG, 7.25pm AESTPort Adelaide v Sydney, Adelaide Oval, 7.10pm ACST

Sunday, June 27

Greater Western Sydney v Hawthorn, Giants Stadium, 1.10pm AESTWest Coast v Western Bulldogs, Optus Stadium, 1.20pm AWSTCarlton v Adelaide, Marvel Stadium, 4.40pm AEST

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