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Cats take on Kelly, Eagles early

Former Geelong star Tim Kelly will return to GMHBA Stadium in Round ?. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG won’t have to wait long to renew acquaintances with former midfield gun Tim Kelly with a trip across the Nullarbor to take on West Coast set down for Round 3 of the 2020 AFL season.

The Cats will take on the Eagles twice next year, with a return meeting on Friday, July 3 at GMHBA Stadium to open Round 16.

For the second consecutive year, the Cats will have a 9-2 split between Kardinia Park and the MCG.

The Easter Monday clash with Hawthorn in Round 4 and the Country Game against Essendon in Round 8 will be Geelong’s “home” games in Melbourne.

Of the nine matches at GMHBA Stadium, five are interstate clubs, with St Kilda (Round 5), North Melbourne (Round 11), Melbourne (Round 19) and the Western Bulldogs (Round 20) the Victorian teams heading down the Princes Freeway.

As they did in 2019, the Cats will make six interstate trips during the home-and-away season, including three in the opening six rounds; GWS Giants (Round 1), Eagles (Round 3) and Fremantle (Round 6).

They also visit Sydney (Round 10), Port Adelaide (Round 14) and Brisbane Lions (Round 17), but don’t travel to take on Adelaide or Gold Coast this year.

GWS Giants, West Coast, St Kilda, Brisbane Lions and Hawthorn are the clubs the Cats will encounter twice, which means only one meeting with premier Richmond and fellow beaten preliminary finalist Collingwood.

There are only matches for Geelong at Marvel Stadium – Carlton in Round 15 and the Saints in Round 22.

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GEELONG 2020 FIXTURE (all times AEDT/AEST)

ROUND DATE OPPONENT VENUE TIME
1 Saturday, March 21 GWS Giants GIANTS Stadium 7:25pm
2 Sunday, March 29 Gold Coast GMHBA Stadium 1:10pm
3 Saturday, April 4 West Coast Eagles Optus Stadium 8:10pm
4 Monday, April 13 Hawthorn MCG 3:20pm
5 Sunday, April 19 St Kilda GMHBA Stadium 4:40pm
6 Sunday, April 26 Fremantle Optus Stadium 7:50pm
7 Saturday, May 2 Brisbane Lions GMHBA Stadium 7:25pm
8 Saturday, May 9 Essendon MCG 4:35pm
9 Friday, May 15 Richmond MCG 7:50pm
10 Friday, May 22 Sydney SCG 7:50pm
11 Saturday, May 30 North Melbourne GMHBA Stadium 1:45pm
12 BYE
13 Friday, June 12 Hawthorn MCG 7:50pm
14 Saturday, June 20 Port Adelaide Adelaide Oval 7:40pm
15 Saturday, June 27 Carlton Marvel Stadium 4:35pm
16 Friday, July 3 West Coast Eagles GMHBA Stadium 7:50pm
17 Saturday, July 11 Brisbane Lions Gabba 7:25pm
18 Friday, July 17 Collingwood MCG 7:50pm
19 Saturday, July 25 Melbourne GMHBA Stadium 4:35pm
20 Saturday, August 1 Western Bulldogs GMHBA Stadium 4:35pm
21 Friday, August 7 GWS Giants GMHBA Stadium 7:50pm
22 Sunday, August 16 St Kilda Marvel Stadium 1:10pm
23 TBC Adelaide GMHBA Stadium TBC