Vic fans have to wait

Written By Unknown on Senin, 15 Oktober 2012 | 14.43

Richmond and Carlton will retain their traditional MCG opener on Easter Thursday next season. But two matches will be played the weekend before, both outside of Melbourne. Picture: George Salpigtidis Source: Herald Sun

VICTORIA will be devoid of AFL for the first weekend of next year's season with Adelaide and Fremantle set to host Round 1 matches.

Round 1 will be fixtured as a split round, with the MCG still contracted to cricket obligations for the first weekend.

The Blues and Tigers will still host the first match to be played in Melbourne on their traditional Thursday night time slot at the MCG.

The Bombers will open the season against the Crows at AAMI Stadium on a Friday night before a Dockers-West Coast derby as a stand-alone match the next day.

The remaining seven Round 1 games will be played the following weekend and across five days due to the Easter holidays.

There will again be no Good Friday match, but runner-up Hawthorn will get an early crack at snapping its Geelong hoodoo with the pair set for an Easter Monday Round 1 clash.

The Hawks have not beaten the Cats since their Grand Final triumph in 2008.

Should the Dons or Crows advance to the NAB Cup decider it will be staged on a Friday night to give both sides a seven-day break before their Round 1 encounter.

Meanwhile, St Kilda is set to get first crack at departed superstar Brendon Goddard in Round 4 when it plays Essendon.

Goddard, the biggest fish to defect via free agency, joined the Bombers on a lucrative four-year deal this month.

The Dons and Saints are expected to play each other twice next year.

Carlton has requested an early home match against Collingwood to show off its coaching coup Mick Malthouse against the side he led to the 2010 premiership.

The powerhouses are expected to be handed a Friday night battle at the MCG, most likely in Round 2.

Friday, March 22: Adelaide v Essendon at AAMI Stadium
Saturday, March 23: Fremantle v West Coast at Patersons Stadium
Thursday, March 28: Carlton v Richmond at the MCG
Monday, April 1: Geelong v Hawthorn at the MCG


Round 1: Thursday 28 March 2013 - Monday 1 April 2013
ANZAC Day - Round 5: Thursday 25 April 2013
Queen's Birthday match: Monday 10 June 2013
Round 23: Friday 30 August - Sunday 1 September 2013
Week 1 of finals: Friday 6 September 2013
AFL Grand Final: Saturday 28 September 2013

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