2019: AFL Fixture Analysis & Discussion (Strength of Fixture added)

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2019 JLT 1 is running Thursday Feb 28 to Monday March 4
2019 JLT 2 is running Thursday Mar 7 to Monday March 11

I assume this means AFLX will be early to mid February
 

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http://www.krockfootball.com.au/afl...-season-period/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss


THE AFL has shrunk its pre-season series as the league tries to juggle the preparation needs of clubs, give the AFLW airtime and find a slot that works for AFLX.

Fixturing chief Travis Auld released next year’s pre-season program on Monday and has also hinted there will be no repeat of last season’s Friday night flops when he releases the home-and-away fixture on Wednesday.

AFL clubs will again play two games in the pre-season competition but next year’s warm-up series will take place over two weekends instead of three.

Carlton will host Essendon in the opener at Ikon Park on Thursday, February 28, and Collingwood will play the Blues in Morwell in the last match on Monday, March 11, which is Labour Day in Victoria.

“We’ve moved the format around a couple of times over the last few years to try and get it right … that’s largely on the back of feedback from the clubs,” Auld said.

“We’ll have a week off between the last (pre-season) game into the first game of the home-and-away season.

“But (this) also works better with the AFLW season. There’s less crossover with AFLW games, it condenses the impact of these games going into the home-and-away series.”

AFL clubs will travel to play in regional centres such as Werribee, Lismore, Mackay, Ballarat and Port Pirie.

Auld said no new rules would be trialled but the changes approved by the commission for the season proper would be on display for the first time.

He was guarded when pressed on what to expect from Wednesday’s home-and-away season fixture release.

But he said the mistakes of this season, when too many Friday night games failed to live up to the marquee timeslot, wouldn’t be repeated.

“We want to bolster Friday nights, we want to make sure that Thursday and Fridays are really strong that those feature events are there,” he said.

“We want to reward teams that have been playing really good football. West Coast and Collingwood are the two obvious ones but Melbourne and Essendon look quite exciting after trade period.

“So we want to feature them in the right spots as often as we can.”

Auld revealed the league hasn’t settled on the format or dates for AFLX games but is adamant the experiment will continue in some shape or form.

“We still need to settle on the right format and time for it,” he said.

“We’re happy to do that over a number of years … we’re not in a hurry to land this thing – we’re going to keep playing around with the format.”
 

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Not wanting to sound mean-spirited but why does the AFL insist on doing Carlton vs Richmond every year as the opener? I know they're big teams and arch rivals but to all the neutrals it has often sucked.
It is only the way they can schedule Carlton in a prime time top of the table clash......
 

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Thursday night footy :)

Rd 1: Richmond v Carlton
Rd 2: Collingwood v Richmond
Rd 3: Adelaide hosts Geelong
Rd 4: Melbourne travels to the SCG to play Sydney
Rd 5: Easter Thursday will see Brisbane battle the Magpies at The Gabba
 

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Well that’s alright!

Garry Lyon told SEN Breakfast this morning that Essendon is expected to appear on Thursday and Friday night football about eight or nine times.
 

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Rnd 12 Byes: Essendon, Fremantle, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs
Rnd 13 Byes: Brisbane Lions, Collingwood, Geelong Cats, Melbourne, Sydney Swans, West Coast Eagles
Rnd 14 Byes: Adelaide Crows, Carlton, Gold Coast SUNS, GWS GIANTS, North Melbourne, Richmond

A bit easier this year with the China game teams being part of the multi bye rounds. It also appears that Titch is our only blue chip stock so it should be easier to spread the load across the byes.
 
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Rnd 12 Byes: Essendon, Fremantle, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs
Rnd 13 Byes: Brisbane Lions, Collingwood, Geelong Cats, Melbourne, Sydney Swans, West Coast Eagles
Rnd 14 Byes: Adelaide Crows, Carlton, Gold Coast SUNS, GWS GIANTS, North Melbourne, Richmond

A bit easier this year with the China game teams being part of the multi bye rounds. It also appears that Titch is our only blue chip stock so it should be easier to spread the load across the byes.
Freo have a fairly handy midfielder, bloke called Fyfe, thought you may have heard of him :)

Gawn, Grundy, Martin all with the same bye
 

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Freo have a fairly handy midfielder, bloke called Fyfe, thought you may have heard of him :)

Gawn, Grundy, Martin all with the same bye
Blue chip stock refers to an old Rowsus article. I can't remember the exact definition of a blue chip stock but I think Titch might be the only mid to qualify at the moment. 3 years without missing a game and 2 years at the higher end of premium scoring. Happy to be corrected.
 
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Blue chip stock refers to an old Rowsus article. I can't remember the exact definition of a blue chip stock but I think Titch might be the only mid to qualify at the moment. 3 years without missing a game and 2 years at the higher end of premium scoring. Happy to be corrected.
oh ok my apologies then
 
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Rnd 12 Byes: Essendon, Fremantle, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs
Rnd 13 Byes: Brisbane Lions, Collingwood, Geelong Cats, Melbourne, Sydney Swans, West Coast Eagles
Rnd 14 Byes: Adelaide Crows, Carlton, Gold Coast SUNS, GWS GIANTS, North Melbourne, Richmond

A bit easier this year with the China game teams being part of the multi bye rounds. It also appears that Titch is our only blue chip stock so it should be easier to spread the load across the byes.
I actually think it's harder without the earlier China bye teams. Supercoachers trading in players like Hoff, Gray, Wingard in around the byes proved to be quite handy especially during that first MBR. Also those still holding onto Holman at the time proved quite useful aswell.
 

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So, there seems to be a reasonable chance Adelaide will make finals next year...
 

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So, there seems to be a reasonable chance Adelaide will make finals next year...
Sounds like big Jeff isn’t happy with the hawks lack of primetime games. I believe the word ‘disrespectful’ has been thrown around.
 
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Freo have a fairly handy midfielder, bloke called Fyfe, thought you may have heard of him :)

Gawn, Grundy, Martin all with the same bye
Are you sure he'll be still fit and firing by then?
 
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Are you sure he'll be still fit and firing by then?
The million dollar question.

Given Mitchell & Oliver will both be having interrupted pre-season , Fyfe must be back in consideration along with Cripps , Kelly & Treloar.

Depends if Danger & Martin are F/M , Yeo , Heeney , Brayshaw , Redden etc all under consideration.
 

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The million dollar question.

Given Mitchell & Oliver will both be having interrupted pre-season , Fyfe must be back in consideration along with Cripps , Kelly & Treloar.

Depends if Danger & Martin are F/M , Yeo , Heeney , Brayshaw , Redden etc all under consideration.
Can you remind me what is causing Mitchell an interrupted pre season?
 
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