The AFL has released the full fixture for Round 1 next season.
Carlton and Richmond will once again kick off the season on the Thursday, followed by what could be Travis Cloke’s first game against his old side, with a Friday night blockbuster between the Bulldogs and the Magpies.
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Fierce rivals Essendon and Hawthorn will clash on Saturday night, giving the Bombers’ returning players the perfect stage to return to the AFL.
2017 Round 1 fixture:
Thursday, March 23
Carlton v Richmond, MCG
Friday, March 24
Collingwood v Western Bulldogs, MCG
Sunday, March 26
Adelaide v Greater Western Sydney, Adelaide Oval
St Kilda v Melbourne, Etihad Stadium
Fremantle v Geelong, Domain Stadium