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Brisbane Lions, Port Adelaide Power set to shoot for preliminary-final redemption against Geelong Cats, Richmond Tigers

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Two blockbuster preliminary-final rematches are set to be played early in the 2021 AFL season, as revealed in today’s release of the fixture.

The AFL has released the match-ups and venues of all rounds from one through to 23, but only unveiled the dates, times and broadcast details of rounds one through to six in order to remain agile in the face of COVID-19.

Brisbane fans won’t have to wait long for the Lions’ shot at preliminary-final redemption, with Chris Fagan’s men set to face Geelong at Kardinia Park on the Friday night of round two.

While the Lions went one week deeper into the 2020 finals series than they had in 2019, they failed to qualify for their first grand final since 2004 when they were outmuscled by the Cats in a 40-point defeat at the Gabba.

Brisbane’s improvement on their 2019 campaign was spearheaded by prolific Brownlow medallist Lachie Neale, who became the first Lion to win the top gong since Simon Black in 2002.

Dayne Zorko, Jarryd Lyons, Hugh McCluggage, Charlie Cameron and Oscar McInerney – who shouldered the ruck load in Stefan Martin’s absence – were also exceptional.

On the Friday night of round four at Adelaide Oval, Port Adelaide will be out to exact revenge against back-to-back premiers Richmond, who snuck home by six points in their grand-final qualifier at the same venue.

The Power were an irresistible force in 2020 led by Brownlow Medal runner-up Travis Boak and skipper Tom Jonas, as well as Darcy Byrne-Jones, Zak Butters, Robbie Gray and Tom Rockcliff.

They got their near-faultless campaign underway with a comprehensive win over Gold Coast in round one and did not finish any round lower than first on the ladder.

Executive general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld said the opening six rounds would make for tremendous entertainment.

“The first six weeks looks as exciting as any recent season in memory,” Auld said.

“We know supporters are looking forward to the return of the AFL season and there is much for fans to look forward to.”

The 2021 season will also see Richmond and Geelong square off in grand-final rematches at the MCG in rounds eight and 19.

2021 AFL FIXTURE

All times AEDT

ROUND 1

Thursday March 18

Richmond v Carlton, MCG (7:25pm)

Friday March 19

Collingwood v Western Bulldogs, MCG (7:50pm)

Saturday March 20

Melbourne v Fremantle, MCG (1:45pm)

Adelaide Crows v Geelong Cats, Adelaide Oval (4:35pm)

Essendon v Hawthorn, Marvel Stadium (7:25pm)

Brisbane Lions v Sydney Swans, Gabba (7:45pm)

Sunday March 21

North Melbourne v Port Adelaide, Marvel Stadium (1:10pm)

GWS Giants v St Kilda, Giants Stadium (3:20pm)

West Coast Eagles v Gold Coast Suns, Optus Stadium (6:10pm)

ROUND 2

Thursday March 25

Carlton v Collingwood, MCG (7:20pm)

Friday March 26

Geelong Cats v Brisbane Lions, GMHBA Stadium (7:50pm)

Saturday March 27

Sydney Swans v Adelaide Crows, SCG (1:45pm)

Port Adelaide v Essendon, Adelaide Oval (4:35pm)

St Kilda v Melbourne, Marvel Stadium (7:25pm)

Gold Coast Suns v North Melbourne, Metricon Stadium (8:10pm)

Sunday March 28

Hawthorn v Richmond, MCG (1:10pm)

Western Bulldogs v West Coast Eagles, Marvel Stadium (3:20pm)

Fremantle v GWS Giants, Optus Stadium (6:10pm)

ROUND 3

Thursday April 1

Brisbane Lions v Collingwood, Gabba (7:40pm)

Friday April 2

North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs, Marvel Stadium (4:20pm)

Adelaide Crows v Gold Coast Suns, Adelaide Oval (7:50pm)

Saturday April 3

Richmond v Sydney Swans, MCG (1:45pm)

Essendon v St Kilda, Marvel Stadium (4:35pm)

West Coast Eagles v Port Adelaide, Optus Stadium (8:10pm)

Sunday April 4

Carlton v Fremantle, Marvel Stadium (3:20pm)

GWS Giants v Melbourne, Manuka Oval (6:10pm)

Monday April 5

Geelong Cats v Hawthorn, MCG (3:20pm)

ROUND 4

Thursday April 8

Sydney Swans v Essendon, SCG (7:20pm)

Friday April 9

Port Adelaide v Richmond, Adelaide Oval (7:50pm)

Saturday April 10

Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions, Mars Stadium (1:45pm)

St Kilda v West Coast Eagles, Marvel Stadium (4:35pm)

Gold Coast Suns v Carlton, Metricon Stadium (7:25pm)

Collingwood v GWS Giants, MCG (7:25pm)

Sunday April 11

North Melbourne v Adelaide Crows, Marvel Stadium (1:10pm)

Melbourne v Geelong Cats, MCG (3:20pm)

Fremantle v Hawthorn, Optus Stadium (4:40pm)

ROUND 5

Thursday April 15

St Kilda v Richmond, Marvel Stadium (7:20pm)

Friday April 16

West Coast Eagles v Collingwood, Optus Stadium (8:10pm)

Saturday April 17

Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast Suns, Marvel Stadium (1:45pm)

Sydney Swans v GWS Giants, SCG (4:35pm)

Carlton v Port Adelaide, MCG (7:25pm)

Brisbane Lions v Essendon, Gabba (7:25pm)

Sunday April 18

Adelaide Crows v Fremantle, Adelaide Oval (1:10pm)

Hawthorn v Melbourne, MCG (3:20pm)

Geelong Cats v North Melbourne, GMHBA Stadium (4:40pm)

ROUND 6

Friday April 23

GWS Giants v Western Bulldogs, Manuka Oval (7:50pm)

Saturday April 24

Geelong Cats v West Coast Eagles, GMHBA Stadium (1:45pm)

Gold Coast Suns v Sydney Swans, Metricon Stadium (1:45pm)

Carlton v Brisbane Lions, Marvel Stadium (4:35pm)

Melbourne v Richmond, MCG (7:25pm)

Fremantle v North Melbourne, Optus Stadium (8:10pm)

Sunday April 25

Hawthorn v Adelaide Crows, UTAS Stadium (12:30pm)

Collingwood v Essendon, MCG (3:20pm)

Port Adelaide v St Kilda, Adelaide Oval (6:40pm)

ROUND 7

Times and dates TBA

Friday April 30 to Sunday May 2

Adelaide Crows v GWS Giants, Adelaide Oval

Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide, Gabba

Collingwood v Gold Coast Suns, MCG

Essendon v Carlton, MCG

North Melbourne v Melbourne, Blundstone Arena

Richmond v Western Bulldogs, MCG

St Kilda v Hawthorn, Marvel Stadium

Sydney Swans v Geelong Cats, SCG

West Coast Eagles v Fremantle, Optus Stadium

ROUND 8

Times and dates TBA

Friday May 7 to Sunday May 9

Fremantle v Brisbane Lions, Optus Stadium

Gold Coast Suns v St Kilda, Metricon Stadium

GWS Giants v Essendon, Giants Stadium

Hawthorn v West Coast Eagles, MCG

Melbourne v Sydney Swans, MCG

North Melbourne v Collingwood, Marvel Stadium

Port Adelaide v Adelaide Crows, Adelaide Oval

Richmond v Geelong Cats, MCG

Western Bulldogs v Carlton, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 9

Times and dates TBA

Friday May 14 to Sunday May 16

Essendon v Fremantle, Marvel Stadium

Gold Coast Suns v Brisbane Lions, Metricon Stadium

Hawthorn v North Melbourne, UTAS Stadium

Melbourne v Carlton, MCG

Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs, Adelaide Oval

Richmond v GWS Giants, Marvel Stadium

St Kilda v Geelong Cats, Marvel Stadium

Sydney Swans v Collingwood, SCG

West Coast Eagles v Adelaide Crows, Optus Stadium

ROUND 10

Times and dates TBA

Friday May 21 to Sunday May 23

Adelaide Crows v Melbourne, Adelaide Oval

Brisbane Lions v Richmond, Gabba

Carlton v Hawthorn, MCG

Collingwood v Port Adelaide, MCG

Essendon v North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium

Fremantle v Sydney Swans, Optus Stadium

Geelong Cats v Gold Coast Suns, GMHBA Stadium

GWS Giants v West Coast Eagles, Giants Stadium

Western Bulldogs v St Kilda, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 11

Times and dates TBA

Friday May 28 to Sunday May 30

Brisbane Lions v GWS Giants, Gabba

Collingwood v Geelong Cats, MCG

Gold Coast Suns v Hawthorn, TIO Stadium

Port Adelaide v Fremantle, Adelaide Oval

Richmond v Adelaide Crows, MCG

St Kilda v North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium

Sydney Swans v Carlton, SCG

West Coast Eagles v Essendon, Optus Stadium

Western Bulldogs v Melbourne, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 12

Times and dates TBA

Friday June 4 to Sunday June 6

Adelaide Crows v Collingwood, Adelaide Oval

Carlton v West Coast Eagles, MCG

Essendon v Richmond, MCG

Fremantle v Western Bulldogs, Optus Stadium

Melbourne v Brisbane Lions, TIO Traeger Park

St Kilda v Sydney Swans, Marvel Stadium

Byes: Geelong Cats, Gold Coast Suns, GWS Giants, Hawthorn, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide

ROUND 13

Times and dates TBA

Thursday June 10 to Monday June 14

Fremantle v Gold Coast Suns, Optus Stadium

Melbourne v Collingwood, MCG

North Melbourne v GWS Giants, Blundstone Arena

Port Adelaide v Geelong Cats, Adelaide Oval

St Kilda v Adelaide Crows, Cazaly’s Stadium

Sydney Swans v Hawthorn, SCG

Byes: Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Essendon, Richmond, West Coast Eagles, Western Bulldogs

ROUND 14

Times and dates TBA

Thursday June 17 to Sunday June 20

Geelong Cats v Western Bulldogs, GMHBA Stadium

Gold Coast Suns v Port Adelaide, Metricon Stadium

GWS Giants v Carlton, Giants Stadium

Hawthorn v Essendon, MCG

North Melbourne v Brisbane Lions, Marvel Stadium

West Coast Eagles v Richmond, Optus Stadium

Byes: Adelaide Crows, Collingwood, Fremantle, Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney Swans

ROUND 15

Times and dates TBA

Thursday June 24 to Sunday June 27

Brisbane Lions v Geelong Cats, Gabba

Carlton v Adelaide Crows, Marvel Stadium

Collingwood v Fremantle, Marvel Stadium

Essendon v Melbourne, MCG

GWS Giants v Hawthorn, Giants Stadium

North Melbourne v Gold Coast Suns, Blundstone Arena

Port Adelaide v Sydney Swans, Adelaide Oval

Richmond v St Kilda, MCG

West Coast Eagles v Western Bulldogs, Optus Stadium

ROUND 16

Times and dates TBA

Thursday July 1 to Sunday July 4

Adelaide Crows v Brisbane Lions, Adelaide Oval

Collingwood v St Kilda, MCG

Fremantle v Carlton, Optus Stadium

Geelong Cats v Essendon, GMHBA Stadium

Gold Coast Suns v Richmond, Metricon Stadium

Hawthorn v Port Adelaide, Marvel Stadium

Melbourne v GWS Giants, MCG

Sydney Swans v West Coast Eagles, SCG

Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 17

Times and dates TBA

Friday July 9 to Sunday July 11

Brisbane Lions v St Kilda, Gabba

Carlton v Geelong Cats, MCG

Essendon v Adelaide Crows, Marvel Stadium

GWS Giants v Gold Coast Suns, Giants Stadium

Hawthorn v Fremantle, UTAS Stadium

Port Adelaide v Melbourne, Adelaide Oval

Richmond v Collingwood, MCG

West Coast Eagles v North Melbourne, Optus Stadium

Western Bulldogs v Sydney Swans, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 18

Times and dates TBA

Friday July 16 to Sunday July 18

Adelaide Crows v West Coast Eagles, Adelaide Oval

Collingwood v Carlton, MCG

Fremantle v Geelong Cats, Optus Stadium

Gold Coast Suns v Western Bulldogs, Metricon Stadium

GWS Giants v Sydney Swans, Giants Stadium

Melbourne v Hawthorn, MCG

North Melbourne v Essendon, Marvel Stadium

Richmond v Brisbane Lions, MCG

St Kilda v Port Adelaide, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 19

Times and dates TBA

Friday July 23 to Sunday July 25

Carlton v North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium

Essendon v GWS Giants, Marvel Stadium

Geelong Cats v Richmond, MCG

Gold Coast Suns v Melbourne, Metricon Stadium

Hawthorn v Brisbane Lions, MCG

Port Adelaide v Collingwood, Adelaide Oval

Sydney Swans v Fremantle, SCG

West Coast Eagles v St Kilda, Optus Stadium

Western Bulldogs v Adelaide Crows, Mars Stadium

ROUND 20

Times and dates TBA

Friday July 30 to Sunday August 1

Adelaide Crows v Hawthorn, Adelaide Oval

Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast Suns, Gabba

Collingwood v West Coast Eagles, MCG

Essendon v Sydney Swans, Marvel Stadium

Fremantle v Richmond, Optus Stadium

GWS Giants v Port Adelaide, Manuka Oval

Melbourne v Western Bulldogs, MCG

North Melbourne v Geelong Cats, Blundstone Arena

St Kilda v Carlton, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 21

Times and dates TBA

Friday August 6 to Sunday August 8

Adelaide Crows v Port Adelaide, Adelaide Oval

Brisbane Lions v Fremantle, Gabba

Carlton v Gold Coast Suns, Marvel Stadium

Geelong Cats v GWS Giants, GMHBA Stadium

Hawthorn v Collingwood, MCG

Richmond v North Melbourne, MCG

Sydney Swans v St Kilda, SCG

West Coast Eagles v Melbourne, Optus Stadium

Western Bulldogs v Essendon, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 22

Times and dates TBA

Friday August 13 to Sunday August 15

Collingwood v Brisbane Lions, Marvel Stadium

Fremantle v West Coast Eagles, Optus Stadium

Geelong Cats v St Kilda, GMHBA Stadium

Gold Coast Suns v Essendon, Metricon Stadium

GWS Giants v Richmond, Giants Stadium

Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs, UTAS Stadium

Melbourne v Adelaide Crows, MCG

North Melbourne v Sydney Swans, Marvel Stadium

Port Adelaide v Carlton, Adelaide Oval

ROUND 23

Times and dates TBA

Friday August 20 to Sunday August 22

Adelaide Crows v North Melbourne, Adelaide Oval

Brisbane Lions v West Coast Eagles, Gabba

Carlton v GWS Giants, Marvel Stadium

Essendon v Collingwood, MCG

Geelong Cats v Melbourne, GMHBA Stadium

Richmond v Hawthorn, MCG

St Kilda v Fremantle, Marvel Stadium

Sydney Swans v Gold Coast Suns, SCG

Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide, Marvel Stadium

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