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Another festival of footy on the way

Action from Geelong’s win over St Kilda at the Gabba on Monday night. (AFL Photos Image/Jono Searle)

THE AFL will race through the remainder of the 2020 regular season with another festival of football scheduled for rounds 14 to 17.

Games will be played on 18 of 19 days starting from August 27, the second stage of a compressed fixture in the coronavirus-affected season.

A Thursday doubleheader will get round 14 underway, with Hawthorn taking on Essendon in a twilight timeslot at the Adelaide Oval before premiership contenders Richmond and West Coast battle at Metricon Stadium.

The only day with no football from there until the end of round 17 will be August 31.

Collingwood and Gold Coast will wrap up the football marathon on September 14 when they clash at the Gabba.

Teams that are yet to have byes this year will receive one during this four-round period, while the postponed Melbourne-Essendon game is scheduled for the final round.

The AFL is leaving Round 18 in a floating format, with venues and times for games to be announced in coming weeks.

AFL fixture boss Travis Auld said there had been widespread support for the jam-packed schedule.

The league’s current run of 20-straight days of football will finish on Monday when Richmond play Gold Coast at the Gabba.

“Clubs and players are enjoying playing more often and viewership remains very strong, with the average audience per game up 14 per cent,” Auld said.

“Scheduling a second compression phase allows us to again play more matches in a shorter period of time as the majority of clubs continue to live in a hub environment.

“The support of players, clubs and broadcasters to take this approach, paired with the limitations on attendance at matches, supports the playing of games in non-traditional timeslots.”

West Coast and Fremantle will hit the road again after being based at home in Perth since mid-July following their month-long stint in Queensland when the season resumed.

Most games will take place in Adelaide and south-east Queensland, although Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns will host three matches with Sydney and Melbourne featuring in two of those encounters.

The Demons will also fly to the Northern Territory when they host St Kilda at Alice Springs’ Traeger Park in Round 14.

(C) AAP 2020

AFL SEASON 2020 – ROUND 14-18

Round 14
Thursday, Aug 27 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Hawthorn vs. Essendon Adelaide Oval (FOX) 4:40pm 4:10pm
Richmond vs. West Coast Eagles Metricon Stadium (SEVEN) 7:10pm 7:10pm
Friday, Aug 28 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Western Bulldogs vs. Geelong Cats Metricon Stadium (SEVEN) 7:50pm 7:50pm
Saturday, Aug 29 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Port Adelaide vs. Sydney Swans Adelaide Oval (FOX) 1:45pm 1:15pm
Fremantle vs. GWS GIANTS Optus Stadium (FOX) 4:35pm 2:35pm
Melbourne vs. St Kilda TIO Traeger Park (SEVEN) 7:40pm 7:10pm
Sunday, Aug 30 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Carlton vs. Collingwood The Gabba (SEVEN) 3:35pm 3:35pm
Gold Coast SUNS vs. North Melbourne Metricon Stadium (FOX) 6:10pm 6:10pm
Byes:
Adelaide Crows, Brisbane Lions
Round 15
Tuesday, Sep 1 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Hawthorn vs. Adelaide Crows Adelaide Oval (FOX) 5:40pm 5:10pm
West Coast Eagles vs. Essendon The Gabba (FOX) 8:10pm 8:10pm
Wednesday, Sep 2 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Richmond vs. Fremantle Metricon Stadium (FOX) 7:10pm 7:10pm
Thursday, Sep 3 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Sydney Swans vs. Melbourne Cazaly’s Stadium (FOX) 4:40pm 4:40pm
GWS GIANTS vs. Carlton Metricon Stadium (SEVEN) 7:10pm 7:10pm
Friday, Sep 4 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Brisbane Lions vs. Collingwood The Gabba (SEVEN) 7:50pm 7:50pm
Byes:
Geelong Cats, Gold Coast SUNS, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, St Kilda, 
Western Bulldogs
Round 16
Saturday, Sep 5 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
North Melbourne vs. Port Adelaide Metricon Stadium (SEVEN) 7:40pm 7:40pm
Sunday, Sep 6 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
St Kilda vs. Hawthorn Metricon Stadium (FOX) 1:05pm 1:05pm
Geelong Cats vs. Essendon The Gabba (SEVEN) 3:35pm 3:35pm
Western Bulldogs vs. West Coast Eagles Metricon Stadium (FOX) 6:10pm 6:10pm
Monday, Sep 7 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Melbourne vs. Fremantle Cazaly’s Stadium (FOX) 7:10pm 7:10pm
Tuesday, Sep 8 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Adelaide Crows vs. GWS GIANTS Adelaide Oval (FOX) 5:40pm 5:10pm
Carlton vs. Sydney Swans Metricon Stadium (FOX) 8:10pm 8:10pm
Wednesday, Sep 9 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Brisbane Lions vs. Gold Coast SUNS The Gabba (FOX) 7:10pm 7:10pm
Byes:
Collingwood, Richmond
Round 17
Thursday, Sep 10 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
St Kilda vs. West Coast Eagles The Gabba (SEVEN) 7:10pm 7:10pm
Friday, Sep 11 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Geelong Cats vs. Richmond Metricon Stadium (SEVEN) 7:50pm 7:50pm
Saturday, Sep 12 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
North Melbourne vs. Fremantle Metricon Stadium (FOX) 1:45pm 1:45pm
Port Adelaide vs. Essendon Adelaide Oval (FOX) 4:35pm 4:05pm
GWS GIANTS vs. Melbourne The Gabba (SEVEN) 7:40pm 7:40pm
Sunday, Sep 13 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Carlton vs. Adelaide Crows Metricon Stadium (FOX) 1:05pm 1:05pm
Hawthorn vs. Western Bulldogs Adelaide Oval (SEVEN) 3:35pm 3:05pm
Sydney Swans vs. Brisbane Lions Cazaly’s Stadium (FOX) 6:10pm 6:10pm
Monday, Sep 14 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Collingwood vs. Gold Coast SUNS The Gabba (FOX) 7:10pm 7:10pm
Round 18
STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Adelaide Crows vs. Richmond TBC TBC TBC
Brisbane Lions vs. Carlton TBC TBC TBC
Collingwood vs. Port Adelaide TBC TBC TBC
Essendon vs. Melbourne TBC TBC TBC
Fremantle vs. Western Bulldogs TBC TBC TBC
Hawthorn vs. Gold Coast SUNS TBC TBC TBC
North Melbourne vs. West Coast Eagles TBC TBC TBC
St Kilda vs. GWS GIANTS TBC TBC TBC
Sydney Swans vs. Geelong Cats TBC TBC TBC