Port Adelaide will host Melbourne at Adelaide Oval on Thursday evening after the AFL locked in the 2 premiership contenders to open the round 17 fixture.
The league will wait prior to confirming the rest of next week’s time table because it indubitably works inner altering COVID-19 protocols and interstate border restrictions.
Nonetheless, Essendon and Adelaide are reportedly being lined up to play in the highly sought-after Friday evening time slot.
It comes after the AFL Gamers Affiliation stepped in to prevent the Western Bulldogs and Sydney playing against every other on Friday evening.
That fixture would comprise meant both the Bulldogs and Swans played off a five-day destroy for the second time this season.
Clubs are handiest accredited to comprise one five-day destroy between matches this season below the AFLPA’s collective bargaining agreement.
The Thursday evening match will be Melbourne’s first day dash back and forth to Adelaide Oval since being upset by the Crows in round 10.
They’re going to buy on Port Adelaide aspect desperate to beat a fellow top-four aspect for primarily the most crucial time this season.
“(We) discover forward to witnessing two top-four teams kick off round 17 in what’s going to comprise to be a mountainous contest,” AFL fixtures boss Travis Auld acknowledged.
Other fixtures reside up in the air and will comprise to be confirmed “in the arrival days”.
GWS and Gold Lunge with the circulation will likely conflict in Victoria and Hawthorn will hope the Tasmanian executive allow them to host Fremantle in Launceston.
Venues for the West Lunge with the circulation-North Melbourne and Brisbane-St Kilda matches – due to be played at Optus Stadium and the Gabba respectively – will rely on rulings by the Western Australia and Queensland narrate governments.
The MCG is due to host the Carlton-Geelong and Richmond-Collingwood matches.