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Blues, Tigers, Bombers set to play twice

CARLTON, Richmond and Essendon are all set to play one another twice, on the Victorian blockbuster circuit next year, but the Tigers and Collingwood have been deprived of their request for two games in 2013.

Collingwood also will play Carlton and Anzac Day opponent Essendon twice - a routine that has been not been broken since 1991.

The Magpies are also set to play another Victorian powerhouse, Hawthorn, twice, but are understood to play 2011 grand final opponent Geelong only once in next year's fixture.

The AFL's guidelines for matching teams up on the basis of ladder position makes it easier for the Bombers, Blues and Tigers to play each other twice next year.

All three missed the final eight; under the AFL's preferred format, teams in the top eight play three matches against this year's finalists and those outside the eight (bottom 10) play two against the eight.

That Essendon, Carlton and Richmond missed the eight means they can play one another twice and leave one more ''double up'' against a bottom-10 club. On the same basis, Collingwood's perennial two games against Carlton and Essendon mean the Pies cannot play Richmond twice next year - because they can only play two teams from outside the top eight twice.

Geelong is set to play Hawthorn twice in what has become one of the game's most keenly anticipated clashes, with the first meeting on Easter Monday. However, the Cats will not get a second meeting with the Pies.

Geelong will play under the newly installed lights at Simonds Stadium on at least three occasions, with the historic first night game scheduled against the Gold Coast, probably on June 1.

The Tigers are expected to play Collingwood in round four, on the weekend before Anzac Day; Essendon meets St Kilda in round four, before the Saints play their historic Anzac Day match against the Swans in Wellington, New Zealand.

The AFL has scheduled North Melbourne to play Collingwood on Easter Sunday at Etihad Stadium in round one.

Essendon and Adelaide have the season-opener at AAMI Stadium, Carlton and Richmond play their now customary round-one Thursday night game on March 28, while the round closes out again with Geelong against Hawthorn on Easter Monday. The Perth and Sydney teams play one another in the opening round. The Western Bulldogs play the Brisbane Lions at Etihad on Saturday, Melbourne plays Port Adelaide at the MCG on Easter Sunday and St Kilda plays the Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.

The AFL has decreed that none of the top four will play the bottom four - the two expansion teams, plus Melbourne and the Bulldogs - twice in 2013, with the exception of Sydney, but the league will seek to ensure that the Swans' draw is offset by that apparent advantage.

25 comments so far

  • Oh dear....
    Any fair draw shold be random and each team should play each other team twice, once at home and once away... "Blockbuster" stand alone games such as Anzac day should also be randomly selected.
    On the other hand if we are simply a revenue raising business interested about today only and not the future, then only have Carlton, Essendon, Richmond & Collingwood in the league

    Commenter
    Stavors
    Location
    PMelb
    Date and time
    October 19, 2012, 8:26AM
    • No Preseason NAB cup.
      34 rounds so every side plays each other twice.
      Expanded list of 50 for every club to help manage the games.
      Mid season bye.

      Surely this is still commercially attractive for the TV networks. It will grow the game massively.

      All AFL needs is the MCG through to the end of October and use Docklands and interstate games earlier to make it work around the cricket schedule.

      Make it HAPPEN!

      Commenter
      Barney
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 10:12AM
    • Don't know what you're complaining about, this is an incredibly fair fixture by the sounds of things. No top 8 team will play a bottom 4 team twice (aside from Sydney) and teams outside the 8 might get a few softer games giving them a chance to lift their ladder position if they're good enough. Many sports around the world have a conference system and don't play all the teams home and away and equal amount of times. As a Richmond supporter I love the blockbuster games and I want to play carlton Essendon and Collingwood twice every year regardless of how strong they are

      Commenter
      Mick
      Location
      Melb
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 11:57AM
  • The AFL draw will be made to maximize TV revenue first, corporate sponsors second and the whim of presidents such as Fast Eddie, Colless & Gordon. They will all talk up the 'equalization' and 'fairness' but lets get real. It is and will always be biased until such time as all teams play each other twice (once home, once away) and are not 'encouraged' to play games in NZ, Cairns Darwin or any other place. Further, the venues for finals need to be booked now to cover all possibilities so we do not have the misfortune of having the top qualified team being shafted like this year. End game we need a 38 week season 34 H/A, 4 finals, no byes and professional player management.

    Commenter
    GerryK
    Location
    Glen Waverley
    Date and time
    October 19, 2012, 8:40AM
    • @GerryK - ask Eddie and I'm sure he would love to play GWS, Suns, Melbourne etc twice a year and be guaranteed the 4 points each time, rather than only getting to play them once. The Pies membership, sponsorship etc guarantees plenty of dollars..

      Commenter
      Fixture
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 9:12AM
    • Love the reference to "Fast Eddie". The reason I love it, is because it would appear that you are a Collingwood hater, with your Collingwood hating glasses on. Not sure if you are aware, but Collingwood played 6 of the top 8 sides TWICE last year, whilst only playing GWS, Gold Coast, Port Adelaide etc once. Pretty much the same in 2013. How is "Fast Eddie" using his clout to maximise a favourable draw?

      Commenter
      DanB
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 9:58AM
    • "The AFL draw will be made to maximize TV revenue first, corporate sponsors second and the whim of presidents such as Fast Eddie, Colless & Gordon."

      1 and 2 are the 100% correct, and 3 is 50% corrrect

      The AFL is nothing more than a TV production company more. AFL is not a sport, its a business.

      What the wobbler love children dont realise is that playing Melboring Duds, Great Waste Space, and Cold Ghost dont bring revenue, and TV stations certainly dont want that rubbish to show, although with 50 goals per 1/4 plenty of chances to run commercials cause nobody would pay to go see them at all.

      Commenter
      Davo
      Location
      Langers
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 10:10AM
    • Gerry, you assume fairness can win over $$ - no chance

      Commenter
      George
      Location
      Docklands
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 10:13AM
  • Typical of the AFL FIXture

    Commenter
    Mykie
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    October 19, 2012, 9:36AM
    • I think regardless of the draw, we have seen the best 2 teams playing off in the grand final once more. Yes it is not even, it might cost your team a game at most. By and large, I think the AFL do a good job of trying to balance eveness and attractiveness...

      Commenter
      David
      Location
      Nunawading
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 9:36AM

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