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VFL Fixtures released

A FRIDAY night clash to open the season, two AFL curtain raisers at GMHBA Stadium and a possible return to the MCG highlight the Geelong VFL Men’s fixture for 2019.

The Cats will host Richmond on April 5 to kick off their campaign – the first of eight games at the club’s traditional home.

However, they will have to wait until Round 15 meeting with Sandringham to play before their AFL brothers at GMHBA Stadium.

That will be followed by a clash with North Melbourne in Round 19.

VFL Operations Manager Ben Waller says a range of factors has limited the number of curtain raisers fixtured.

“The hard part is that we need the (VFL and AFL) teams to correspond when we play at GMHBA Stadium,” he said.

“Because we play so many interstate teams, they obviously don’t have a VFL team, so it’s hard to have many more than that.

“There’s probably one or two other occasions we would have like to have done it, but the draw just didn’t match-up.

“Teams have to share coaches boxes, change rooms, races – it just becomes too complicated when you have a third club involved at GMHBA.”

Geelong will meet Essendon in Round 5, with the door open for the Bombers’ home game to be played at the MCG before the two clubs clash at AFL level.

“As is the case with a number of the curtain raisers across the competition, clubs put in requests to play AFL curtain raisers and they won’t get confirmed for a little while yet,” Waller said.

“At this stage, it’s either at the MCG or Windy Hill.”

Geelong will play 18 games across 21 rounds, with byes in rounds 4, 11 and 17.

Seven of their matches will be double-headers with the Cats’ VFL Women’s team (two at home, five away).

They will face return meetings against the Bombers, Roos, Tigers and Northern Blues.

Geelong’s Women, who finished runner-up in 2018, open their season with a trip to Melbourne University.

In Round 2, they will take on Essendon at Central Reserve in Colac.

“We had the JLT game down there against Essendon, which was a fantastic day; we got a lot of support from the Colac community,” Waller said.

“We’ve talked to them a couple of times about playing a VFLW game down there.

As well as Colac, the Cats will play home games at GMHBA Stadium (three), Deakin University (two) and Queens Park (one) in a 14-game season.

The final match at GMHBA Stadium will be a curtain raiser to the AFL Men’s Round 23 meeting, with both teams playing Carlton.

“It worked really well against Carlton (in 2018),” Waller said. “It was great, the crowd that came in early and supported the girls last year.

“We will try and keep having at least one curtain raiser in the fixture.

“We’ll just have to wait until the details are confirmed around that Round 23 game, from an AFL point-of-view, then we can confirm what time the VFLW game starts.”

The Cats will play Uni and the Blues twice as the competition moves to a top six.

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2019 GEELONG VFL FIXTURE

ROUND DATE OPPONENT VENUE TIME
1 Friday, April 5 Richmond GHHBA Stadium 7:30pm
2 Sunday, April 14 Northern Blues GMHBA Stadium 1:00pm
3 Saturday, April 20 Werribee Avalon Airport Oval 1:00pm
4 Bye
5 Sunday, May 5 Essendon MCG/Windy Hill 11:40am*
6 Sunday, May 12 North Melbourne Avalon Airport Oval 2:30pm
7 Sunday, May 19 Collingwood GMHBA Stadium 1:00pm
8 Saturday, May 25 Coburg GMHBA Stadium 2:00pm
9 Sunday, June 2 Footscray Whitten Oval 2:00pm
10 Saturday, June 8 Richmond Punt Road 11:00am
11 Bye
12 Saturday, June 22 Frankston GMHBA Stadium 2:00pm
13 Saturday, June 29 Northern Blues IKON Park 2:00pm
14 Saturday, July 6 Box Hill Box Hill City Oval 2:00pm
15 Saturday, July 13 Sandringham GMHBA Stadium 3:45pm*
16 Saturday, July 20 Casey Demons Casey Fields 2:00pm
17 Bye
18 Sunday,  August 4 Port Melbourne North Port Oval 2:00pm
19 Saturday, August 10 North Melbourne GMHBA Stadium 3:45pm*
20 Sunday, August 18 Williamstown Williamstown 1:00pm
21 Sunday, August 25 Essendon GMHBA Stadium TBC
*AFL Curtain Raiser

2019 GEELONG VFL WOMEN’S FIXTURE

ROUND DATE OPPONENT VENUE TIME
1 Sunday, May 12 Melbourne Uni Melbourne Uni 2:30pm
2 Saturday, May 18 Essendon Central Reserve – Colac 12:00pm
3 Saturday, May 25 Collingwood GMHBA Stadium 11:30am*
4 Sunday, June 2 Western Bulldogs Whitten Oval 11:30am*
5 Saturday, June 8 Richmond Punt Road 2:30pm**
6 Bye
7 Saturday, June 22 Casey Demons GMHBA Stadium 11:30am*
8 Saturday, June 29 Carlton IKON Park 11:00am*
9 Saturday, July 6 Hawthorn Box Hill City Oval 11:30am*
10 Saturday, July 13 Southern Saints Deakin University 1:00pm
11 Bye
12 Saturday, July 27 Darebin Bill Lawry Oval 12:00pm
13 Sunday, August 4 NT Thunder Queens Park 1:00pm
14 Saturday, August 10 Melbourne Uni Deakin Unversity 1:00pm
15 Sunday, August 18 Williamstown Williamstown 4:00pm**
16 August 24/25 Carlton GMHBA Stadium TBC***
*VFL Curtain Raiser
**VFL Curtain Closer
***AFL Curtain Raiser
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