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AFL reveals fixture change amid COVID-19 chaos
The AFL has tweaked its Round 8 fixture to allow Essendon to fly in and out of Sydney amid NSW's COVID-19 crisis.Both the AFL and NRL continue to grapple with the impact of NSW's COVID-19 outbreak, with news of the Sydney Swans' negative tests a massive boost to the AFL after an initial scare involving the team's coaching staff visiting an exposure site.
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
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
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
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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