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Stacey Oates  October 31, 2017 9:00 AM

AFL 2017 Round 21 - Geelong v Richmond

The Cats will play in front of a home Geelong crowd nine times in 2018

Geelong has welcomed the 2018 fixture it has been handed by the AFL. 

Highlighting the draw is nine games at GMHBA Stadium, with Carlton set to travel to Geelong for the first time since 1997.

“The AFL always has a difficult task in balancing the many requests from clubs. We are thrilled that the AFL has recognised the fact our club, our members, supporters and the local community deserve more home games at GMHBA Stadium,” Geelong CEO Brian Cook said.

“Playing nine games at our home ground for the first time in many years will have a huge benefit to all stakeholders, and we think this also makes the fixture fairer from an integrity point of view.

“Our supporters constantly give us feedback of the importance of playing more games here. That the AFL has been able to work through this is a credit to their willingness to engage and listen to the people that support the club and the game so well. 

“In 2017 we saw first-hand the great atmosphere our stadium can create and we are confident that we will see that repeated nine times in 2018.

“To have Carlton playing here for the first time since 1997 will be a huge day for supporters of both clubs. We are also excited by the on-going Powercor Country Festival match up with Essendon at the MCG in round 9.

“While in an ideal world we would have 11 games at GMHBA Stadium, we understand and respect the AFL’s position and thank them for scheduling the MCG games against Hawthorn and Richmond.  The Easter Monday game is now one of the season highlights and we are looking forward to again facing the Hawks on such a significant day on the AFL calendar.

“That we will have 16 of our 22 games at either GMHBA Stadium and the MCG is excellent news for our members and supporters in both the western region and the greater Melbourne metropolitan area.”

The Cats open the season against Melbourne at the MCG, a match up that will see captain Joel Selwood play his 250th game and Gary Ablett his first in the hoops since the 2010 preliminary final.

Highlights of the 2018 Geelong fixture include:

* Nine games at GMHBA stadium, including the likes of Carlton, St Kilda, North Melbourne, Sydney, GWS, Melbourne, Brisbane, Fremantle and Gold Coast

* The traditional Easter Monday clash with Hawthorn at the MCG, a home game for the Cats

* The third annual Powercor Country Festival clash with Essendon in round 9 at the MCG

* Two clashes with the Hawks, Richmond, Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast

* A trip to the new Perth Stadium in round 3 to take on the Eagles

* Eight prime time clashes spread across Thursday, Friday and Saturday night

* Seven games at the MCG (two home and five away)

CLICK HERE TO ADD THE CATS 2018 FIXTURE TO YOUR CALENDAR

2018 Geelong Cats home and away fixture 

1

Sunday, Mar 25

Melbourne

MCG

Away

3:20pm

Seven

2

Monday, Apr 2

Hawthorn

MCG

Home

3:20pm

Seven

3

Sunday, Apr 8

West Coast Eagles

Perth Stadium

Away

2:40pm

Foxtel

4

Sunday, Apr 15

St Kilda

GMHBA

Home

4:40pm

Foxtel

5

Saturday, Apr 21

Port Adelaide

Adelaide Oval

Away

7:10pm

Seven

6

Saturday, Apr 28

Sydney Swans

GMHBA

Home

1:45pm

Foxtel

7

Friday, May 4

GWS GIANTS

GMHBA

Home

7:50pm

Seven

8

Sunday, May 13

Collingwood

MCG

Away

3:20pm

Seven

9

Saturday, May 19

Essendon

MCG

Away

4:35pm

Foxtel

10

Saturday, May 26

Carlton

GMHBA

Home

7:25pm

Foxtel

11

Saturday, Jun 2

Gold Coast SUNS

Metricon Stadium

Away

4:35pm

Foxtel

12

Saturday, Jun 9

North Melbourne

GMHBA

Home

1:45pm

Foxtel

13

Sunday, Jun 17

Richmond

MCG

Home

3:20pm

Foxtel

14

Bye

15

Friday, Jun 29

Western Bulldogs

Etihad Stadium

Away

7:50pm

Seven

16

Thursday, Jul 5

Sydney Swans

SCG

Away

7:20pm

Seven

17

Thursday, Jul 12

Adelaide Crows

Adelaide Oval

Away

7:20pm

Seven

18

Saturday, Jul 21

Melbourne

GMHBA

Home

7:25pm

Seven

19

Saturday, Jul 28

Brisbane Lions

GMHBA

Home

2:10pm

Foxtel

20

Friday, Aug 3

Richmond

MCG

Away

7:50pm

Seven

21

Saturday, Aug 11

Hawthorn

MCG

Away

1:45pm

Foxtel

22

Saturday, Aug 18

Fremantle

GMHBA

Home

2:10pm

Foxtel

23

TBC

Gold Coast SUNS

GMHBA

Home

TBC

TBC