ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 16: A general view is seen during the round two AFL NAB Challenge Cup match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at Richmond Oval on February 16, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

The 2017 pre-season competition, or the JLT Community Series, begins this Thursday night, with Collingwood taking on Essendon at Etihad Stadium.

All clubs will play three matches within a four-week period.

As has been the case the past few seasons, the matches will merely be practice matches, with no winner after the competition.


1. WEEK 1

Thursday February 16

Collingwood v Essendon at Etihad Stadium (7.40pm)

Friday February 17

Hawthorn v Geelong at University of Tasmania Stadium (7.40pm)

Saturday February 18

GWS Giants v West Coast at Narrandera Sports Stadium (2.05pm)

Western Bulldogs v Melbourne at Whitten Oval (4.40pm)

Sunday February 19

Sydney v North Melbourne at Coffs Harbour International Stadium (2.05pm)

Gold Coast v Brisbane at Kombumerri Park (4.40pm)