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Cats face Crows to open 2021

Rhys Stanley in action against Adelaide in Round 13. (AFL Photos Image/Matt Turner)

GEELONG will head interstate to open the 2021 AFL season after drawing wooden-spooner Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval.

The Cats will meet the Crows in the Saturday twilight timeslot on March 20.

It’s the third time in five years Geelong has started the season outside of Victoria following a loss to the GWS Giants this year and a win over Fremantle in 2017.

CATS: SHORT PRE-SEASON A TEST

It will be the first occasion the Cats have met the Crows in Adelaide in Round 1, and only the second time the two teams have started a season against each other after doing battle at Kardinia Park in 2014.

The only previous time Geelong started a campaign in the City of Churches came in 2008 against Port Adelaide.

Joel Selwood and Tom Hawkins, who were both starting their second seasons in the AFL, both featured in a nine-point win in a re-match of the 2007 grand final.

The 2021 fixture is due to be released on Monday

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2021 AFL ROUND 1

THURSDAY, MARCH 18

Richmond vs. Carlton MCG 7:25pm

FRIDAY, MARCH 19

Collingwood vs. Western Bulldogs MCG 7:50pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 20

Melbourne vs. Fremantle MCG 1:45pm
Adelaide Crows vs. Geelong Cats Adelaide Oval 4:35pm
Essendon vs. Hawthorn Marvel Stadium 7:25pm
Brisbane Lions vs. Sydney Swans The Gabba 7:45pm

SUNDAY, MARCH 21

North Melbourne vs. Port Adelaide Marvel Stadium 1:10pm
GWS GIANTS vs. St Kilda GIANTS Stadium 3:20pm
West Coast Eagles vs. Gold Coast SUNS Optus Stadium 6:10pm