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2017 AFL pre-season games revealed

2016-12-07T11:10+11:00

The fixture for the newly-named 2017 JLT Community Series has been released, with a clash between traditional rivals Collingwood and Essendon to kick off the pre-season games next February.

The series once again will see each side play three games across four weeks of the competition, with a focus on games being played at country venues remaining from previous years.

The pre-season competition will see the return of football to North Melbourne's Arden Street home on February 26 in a game against Hawthorn, the first time a VFL/AFL game has been played there since 1985.

Suburban venues Whitten Oval, Casey Fields and Ikon Park will all host one game across the four weeks, with Moe and Bendigo to also host one match each for those in country Victoria.

Rivlary matches will kick off proceedings, with Essendon's returning players from suspension on display first up against Collingwood on February 16, with Hawthorn and Geelong facing off in Launceston the following day.

Several of the matches will also host double-headers with the debut season of the AFL Women's competition.

WEEK 1

Thursday, February 16

Collingwood vs Essendon - Etihad Stadium - 7.40pm EDT

Friday, February 17

Hawthorn vs Geelong Cats - University of Tasmania Stadium (Launceston) - 7.40pm EDT

Saturday, February 18

GWS Giants vs West Coast Eagles - Narrandera Sports Stadium - 2.05pm EDT

Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne - VU Whitten Oval - 4.40pm EDT

Sunday, February 19

Sydney Swans vs North Melbourne - Coffs Harbour International Stadium - 2.05pm EDT

Gold Coast Suns vs Brisbane Lions - Kombumerri Park (Merrimac, QLD) - 3.40pm EST

WEEK 2

Thursday, February 23

St Kilda vs Port Adelaide- Etihad Stadium - 7.40pm EDT

Friday, February 24

Richmond vs Adelaide Crows - Etihad Stadium - 7.40 pm EDT

Saturday, February 25

Melbourne vs Carlton - Casey Fields (Cranbourne East, VIC) - 2.05pm EDT

West Coast Eagles vs Fremantle - Wonthella Oval (Wonthella, WA) - 3.40pm WST

Sunday, February 26

North Melbourne vs Hawthorn - North Melbourne Recreation Reserve - Arden Street - 2.05pm EDT

Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon - Harrup Park Country Club (Mackay, QLD) - 3.40pm EST

WEEK 3

Thursday, March 2

Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane Lions - Etihad Stadium - 7.40pm EDT

Friday, March 3

GWS Giants vs Sydney Swans - Blacktown International Sportspark - 7.40pm EDT

Saturday, March 4

Carlton vs St Kilda - Ikon Park - 2.05pm EDT

Fremantle vs Collingwood - Rushton Park (Mandurah, WA) - 1.40pm WST

Sunday, March 5

Adelaide Crows vs Geelong Cats - Richmond Oval (Adelaide, SA) - 1.35pm CDT

Port Adelaide vs Richmond - Malseed Park (Mount Gambier, SA) - 4.10pm CDT

WEEK 4

Thursday, March 9

Gold Coast Suns vs Western Bulldogs - Metricon Stadium - 4.50pm EST

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne - Domain Stadium - 5.40pm WST

Friday, March 10

GWS Giants vs North Melbourne - Manuka Oval - 5.50pm EDT

Fremantle vs Carlton - Domain Stadium - 5.40pm WST

Saturday, March 11

Richmond vs Collingwood - Ted Summerton Reserve (Moe, VIC) - 1.10pm EDT

Adelaide Crows vs Brisbane Lions - Hickinbotham Oval (Noarlunga, SA) - 3.40pm CDT

Sunday, March 12

Port Adelaide vs Hawthorn - Hickinbotham Oval (Noarlunga, SA) - 12.40pm CDT

Geelong Cats vs Essendon - Queen Elizabeth Oval (Bendigo, VIC) - 4.10pm EDT

St Kilda vs Sydney Swans - Lavington Sports Ground (Albury, NSW) - 7.10pm EDT

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