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In 2018, the Geelong Cats and Essendon Football Club will face off in the third year of the AFL's newest marquee match-up, the Country Festival presented by Powercor.

There will be a pre-season JLT Community Series and regular season game to celebrate the "Power of the Country" and the contribution that everyday heroes in regional Victoria make to our community. 

2018 Games

2018 JLT Community Series Game
Geelong Cats v Essendon
Sunday 11 March | 1.05pm
Central Reserve, Colac

Presented by Powercor

2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season

Essendon v Geelong Cats
Round 9 - Saturday 19 May | 4.35pm

Presented by Powercor

To purchase tickets, or for more details on Country Festival, stay tuned!

Visiting the Colac Otway region on March 11?





Cats and Bombers launch 2018 Powercor Country Festival

The Powercor Country Festival will kick off in Colac on March 11, when they line-up in a pre-season hit-out as part of the JLT Community Series

4:23pm  Feb 19, 2018

Colac to kick off 2018 Powercor Country Festival

The Powercor Country Festival will return for a third year in 2018

5:06pm  Oct 26, 2017

Country Festival live music set times released

Get the live music set times for tomorrow's FREE Country Festival in Yarra Park here!

3:16pm  May 12, 2017

Country's best to receive Tom Wills Award

The player adjudged best on ground in the Powercor Country Festival match will receive the Tom Wills Award

10:30am  May 12, 2017

Geelong's Team of the Country

Complied by Cats historian Col Hutchinson, the team is made up of players from regional areas

2:54pm  May 10, 2017

Powercor Country Festival

From award winning artists, to farm animals and machinery - there is something for everyone at the Powercor Australia Country Festival.

2:32pm  May 2, 2017

Best of the bush to play before Cats v Bombers

Childhood dreams will become a reality for a number of community footballers

5:42pm  Mar 21, 2017

Cats and Bombers launch Powercor Country Festival

Tom Hawkins and Zach Merrett took part in whip-cracking at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds ahead of Sunday's game in Bendigo

8:38pm  Mar 9, 2017

Cats and Bombers launch 'Country Game'

Geelong and Essendon will play annual matches to celebrate all that is great about regional Australia

7:20am  Oct 27, 2015

Cats' Team of the Country

The best Cats players from the country have been selected and the team will leave you speechless

1:36pm  Apr 13, 2016

Stanley enjoying time in the country

Rhys Stanley is looking forward to getting back to his country footy roots when he runs out for the Cats against Essendon in Shepparton

3:09pm  Mar 4, 2016

Lonergan: Why I love country footy

Cats' defender Tom Lonergan writes for the AFLPA on his love of country football and the game's importance to regional communities.

4:15pm  Apr 15, 2016

Country guernsey revealed

The Cats have unveiled their Country Guernsey, which celebrates the region's primary industries

10:51am  Apr 13, 2016

Bessie and Birregurra's boy

Lachie Henderson reflects on his country upbringing ahead of this weekend's Powercor Country Program.

4:29pm  Apr 12, 2016

Gallery: Cats in the Goulburn Valley

The boys have been out and about during the club's Australia Post Community Camp in the north of the state

3:33pm  Mar 4, 2016

Cats and Dons to honour CFA

Geelong and Essendon will partner with the Country Fire Authority as a part of the Powercor Country Program

8:47am  Mar 4, 2016

Gallery: Country Program launch

Check out the best pics from the launch of the Powercor Country Program at the MCG on Monday

9:52am  Mar 1, 2016

Cats en route to the Goulburn Valley

The Cats will take over the Goulburn Valley this weekend as part of the 2016 Australia Post Community Camps program.

4:33pm  Mar 2, 2016