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Fixture reshuffle benefits Cats

Geelong captain Joel Selwood leads out his team ahead of last week’s win over Richmond. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG will feature on a Friday night for the sixth time in 2021, following the AFL’s reshuffle of the Round 21 fixture.

The Cats will meet in the GWS Giants in the first meeting between the two clubs since the opening round of the 2020 season.

The match may carry a bit of extra spice, with former Giant Jeremy Cameron a chance to return from a hamstring injury.

The Western Bulldogs-Essendon match-up was scheduled to open Round 21 at Marvel Stadium.

But after the COVID outbreak in south-east Queensland forced the Bombers’ clash with Sydney to be moved from the Gabba on Saturday night to the MCG on Sunday, they had to be moved from Friday night to avoid a five-day break.

“Geelong will host the GIANTS on Friday night at GMHBA Stadium after the Western Bulldogs vs. Essendon match was moved to Sunday to enable adequate days’ break,” the AFL’s Travis Auld said.

“The West Coast Eagles vs. Melbourne match, previously scheduled for Saturday, will now take place on Monday night at Optus Stadium.

“This allows for Melbourne to travel to Perth today and serve their quarantine period before the game as approved by the Western Australian Government.

“We are also pleased to confirm Showdown 50 between the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide will
take place at Adelaide Oval.

“The St Kilda vs. Sydney Swans Pride Game, which builds on each club’s connection and commitment to the LGBTIQA+ community, will be played on Saturday after previously being scheduled to be played on Sunday.”

Round 22, which will see Geelong play St Kilda at GMHBA Stadium, will likely be fixtured later this week.

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AFL ROUND 21

Friday, August 6 
Geelong Cats vs. GWS GIANTS @ GMHBA Stadium, 7.50pm

Saturday, August 7
Carlton vs. Gold Coast @ Marvel Stadium, 1.45pm
Richmond vs. North Melbourne @ MCG, 4.35pm
St Kilda vs. Sydney Swans @ Marvel Stadium, 7.40pm
Adelaide Crows vs. Port Adelaide @ Adelaide Oval,  7.40pm

Sunday, August 8
Hawthorn vs. Collingwood @ UTAS Stadium, 2.10pm
Western Bulldogs vs. Essendon @ Marvel Stadium, 3.20pm
Fremantle vs. Brisbane Lions @ Optus Stadium, 5.10pm

Monday, August 9
West Coast Eagles vs. Melbourne @ Optus Stadium, 8.10pm