MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 04: Meg Hutchins of the Magpies and Aasta O'Connor of the Bulldogs compete for the ball during the round five AFLW match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Western Bulldogs at Ted Summerton Reserve on March 4, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The season opener of the 2019 NAB AFL Women’s season will be between expansion team Geelong and Collingwood at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong on Saturday the 2nd of February.

The season opener will be followed by a game between Adelaide and the reigning premiers, the Western Bulldogs, at Norwood Oval in Adelaide.

This is the first of the season’s Saturday night double headers.

Last year’s season opener was between the Blues and the Pies which saw a total of five goals kicked for the game.

This is a first of four rounds where no games will be played on the Friday night. Rounds one, four, five and six all do not feature a Friday night game as there will be three games on either the Saturday or Sunday.

Nicole Livingstone, head of AFL’s women’s football states that a low number of Friday night games will allow for longer breaks to all players as it is a part time competition.

“The Fridays do create a little bit of difficulty for AFLW. Our players are only part-time at the moment, so they are still juggling commitments. It makes it difficult for the five-day turnaround,” Livingstone said.

With the new two conference system in place, this sees the five teams play each other once and play three games against an opposition in the other conference.

The top two teams from each conference will play in a preliminary final with the winners playing in the Grand Final.

The preliminary finals will be played on Saturday the 23rd of March and the Grand Final will be held the week later.

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The team with the most points at the end of the home and away season will host the Grand Final.

North Melbourne will be playing their home games at North Hobart Oval, University of Tasmania Stadium (Launceston) and Chirnside Park (in Melbourne’s west), while the other expansion club Geelong will be playing their home games at GHMBA Stadium.

Collingwood have swapped their location from Olympic Park to Victoria Park and Marvel Stadium will host a double header in round six.

With four Lions players swapping clubs and joined the Kangaroos, many fans wanted this match to happen. Unfortunately the only way this could happen is if the two teams meet in the finals this year.

Entry will be free for all matches including finals.

“In 2019 AFLW remains free. There will be no cost to enter. We want to grow our audiences, and we want to make sure at this early age of AFLW we’re not putting up any roadblocks for families and people who want to watch it,” Livingstone said.

“We’ve had varying views as to whether it’s better for people to have a reserved seat. There are costs associated with ticketing as well. We want to make sure that firstly, there are no barriers and the uniqueness of AFLW is that we don’t know what the venues are yet.”

2019 AFLW FIXTURE

ROUND 1

Saturday February 2

Geelong v Collingwood, GMHBA Stadium, 6.40pm

Adelaide v Western Bulldogs, Norwood Oval, 8.10pm

Sunday February 3

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Kangaroos v Carlton, North Hobart Oval, 1.05pm

Melbourne v Fremantle, Casey Fields, 3.05pm

Brisbane Lions v GWS Giants, Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex, 4.05pm

ROUND 2

Friday February 8

GWS Giants v Kangaroos, Drummoyne Oval, 7.15pm

Saturday February 9

Collingwood v Melbourne, Victoria Park, 4.45pm

Western Bulldogs v Geelong, VU Whitten Oval, 7.15pm

Sunday February 10

Carlton v Adelaide, Ikon Park, 4.05pm

Fremantle v Brisbane Lions, Fremantle Oval, 3.05pm

ROUND 3

Friday February 15

Kangaroos v Western Bulldogs, University of Tasmania Stadium, 7.15pm

Saturday February 16

GWS Giants v Carlton, Blacktown International Sportspark, 4.45pm

Fremantle v Collingwood, Fremantle Oval, 4.15pm

Sunday February 17

Adelaide v Geelong, Norwood Oval, 2.05pm

Brisbane Lions v Melbourne, Hickey Park, 3/35pm

ROUND 4

Saturday February 23

Geelong v Carlton, GMHBA Stadium, 4.45pm

Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions, VU Whitten Oval, 7.15pm

Adelaide v Fremantle, TIO Stadium, 8.05pm

Sunday February 24

Collingwood v GWS Giants, Morewell Recreation Reserve, 2.05pm

Melbourne v Kangaroos, Casey Fields, 4.05pm

ROUND 5

Saturday March 2

Brisbane Lions v Geelong, Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex, 3.45pm

Carlton v Collingwood, Ikon Park, 7.15pm

Sunday March 3

GWS Giants v Melbourne, Blacktown International Sportspark, 2.05pm

Kangaroos v Adelaide, Avalon Airport Oval, 4.05pm

Fremantle v Western Bulldogs, Fremantle Oval, 3.05pm

ROUND 6

Saturday March 9

Geelong v Fremantle, GMHBA Stadium, 2.35pm

Collingwood v Kangaroos, Marvel Stadium, 4.45pm

Western Bulldogs v Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, 7.15pm

Sunday March 10

Adelaide v GWS Giants, Unley Oval, 1.35pm

Carlton v Brisbane Lions, Ikon Park, 4.05pm

ROUND 7

Friday March 15

GWS Giants v Geelong, UNSW Canberra Oval, 7.15pm

Saturday March 16

Melbourne v Adelaide, Casey Fields, 4.45pm

Fremantle v Kangaroos, Fremantle Oval, 4.15pm

Sunday March 17

Collingwood v Brisbane Lions, Victoria Park, 2.05pm

Western Bulldogs v Carlton, VU Whitten Oval, 4.05pm