Posted: 31 October, 2012 by Triple M Footy

AFL Club Statements Regarding The 2013 Fixture

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Sydney

Sydney Swans CEO Andrew Ireland said two games in Sydney was the perfect way to begin the Swans' 2013 campaign.

"It is a great start to the season for all our supporters, with two really significant games," he said.

"The traditional unveiling of the premiership flag at our first home game of the season will be a huge highlight for fans early in the season."

The Swans will then travel to Hobart to take on North Melbourne in round three, before leaving the country to face St Kilda in Wellington, New Zealand in round 5 in the first ever home and away clash played outside of Australia on ANZAC Day.

The Swans have also scored three Friday night matches this season, including a blockbuster clash with Collingwood at the MCG in round 9, as well as two Friday night contests at the SCG against Geelong (round 4) and Carlton (round 14).

Hawthorn

Hawthorn CEO Stuart Fox has encouraged Hawks members and supporters to embrace the Club's 2013 fixture, which he admits features both opportunities and challenges.

"For the first time in several years, the Club has been scheduled to play a home match at Etihad Stadium (Round 13, West Coast Eagles)," Fox said.

"As a tenant club we're disappointed the AFL has not fulfilled our request to play seven home games at the MCG, however we’re prepared to work with it and ensure our members' service requirements are met," Fox said.

The Club will continue to service its Tasmanian members with four games at Aurora Stadium in 2013.

"Hawthorn is pleased it will play a different Melbourne-based club in Tasmania in 2013, with Western Bulldogs scheduled at Aurora Stadium in Round 17 and Richmond in the pre-season cup. The Club has also achieved a good spread of games across the fixture in the island state," Fox said.

Essendon

The AFL has announced the fixture for the 2013 AFL season with Essendon to play in the season opener against Adelaide on Friday March 22.

Essendon will take on St. Kilda in round four in a contest set to be full of emotion with the signing of Brendon Goddard to the Bombers during the off-season.

A few days after that round four clash with the Saints the Bombers will get ready to tackle Collingwood in the annual ANZAC Day blockbuster.

Essendon will also play Carlton on June 7 to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the club's first match, which was against the Blues on that date in 1873.

The Dons travel interstate five times throughout the season include two trips to Western Australia.

Melbourne

Melbourne chief executive Cameron Schwab said:"The fixture presents some commercial challenges for the club, with six of our home games at the MCG being against interstate clubs. Playing a home game against North Melbourne at Etihad isn’t ideal for our members and it is our stated, clear preference not to play home games at Etihad Stadium."

"Having said that, to kick off the year playing 12 of the first 14 games at the MCG, is obviously a great result for our members and supporters."

"Playing in Darwin for the fourth consecutive year enables us to build on our commitment to the Top End. We see the region as a second home for the club and we will continue to work with the AFL and Northern Territory Government to ensure these relationships grow into the future. We also look forward to our nine-day pre-season camp in December and continuing our active community relationships in the Top End."

"Overall, the Melbourne Football Club recognises we need to earn the right for a stronger commercial fixture by improved on field performance."

Richmond

As outlined in the official fixture, released by the AFL today, the Tigers' opening match will be against the Blues to kick off the Easter Weekend, at the MCG on Thursday, March 28.

They will then take centre stage in Round 2 with a Friday night fixture against the Saints at the MCG.

Richmond first home game comes in Round 3, when it hosts the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, April 14.

In other features of the Club's fixture, the Tigers will travel interstate six times in 2013 - to Sydney twice, Perth twice, Adelaide once and the Gold Coast once (a home game against the Suns).

Collingwood

Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert believes the club has been handed a draw for 2013 that balances neatly its on and off field interests.

Pert said the fixture, which the AFL released this morning, is appealing for a number of reasons, not least a series of big occasion matches at the MCG at both the start and end of the campaign.

"With four of the first five rounds and five of the last six rounds at the MCG the season is book-ended nicely and I think we have a fantastic start with a run of MCG games against our traditional rivals, highlighted by our round two home match against Carlton," Pert said.

Notable features of Collingwood’s fixture for 2013 include:

- Seven Friday night matches

- Five Sunday matches

- Five interstate matches

- Two matches against Sydney, Hawthorn, North Melbourne, Essendon and Carlton

- 14 matches at the MCG

"It's great to be playing seven matches on Friday nights, with four of them home matches. Friday nights are always popular with our supporters who attend the games or watch it on television," Pert said.

"We are playing more Sunday matches next year but given that the majority of them are against some of our biggest rivals I think there is an opportunity to create a blockbuster Sunday routine around them, with an emphasis on drawing lots of families along."

Carlton

Carlton Chief Executive Officer Greg Swann, in an interview for CFC TV, acknowledged that the challenges were on in earnest early and was mindful of the midyear trials also.

"But hopefully we're 11 and zip by then and can have a bit of a problem to get everybody in," Swann said.

Swann also encouraged supporters to make sure they have signed up for membership with a home and away reserved seat to make sure they don’t miss out on seeing all the action in the opening rounds.

"We are definitely set for a blockbuster in Round two against Collingwood, but because it is an away game, unless you have a home and away reserved seat you are not guaranteed admission into what is certainly going to be a pretty historical match," he said.

North Melbourne

The 2013 fixture has been released and for North Melbourne its highlighted with three Friday night games; its most in a Home and Away season since 2006.

The Roos will host two of the three Friday night's at Etihad Stadium (Round 17 against Carlton and Round 19 against Geelong) with the encounters sure to pull in big crowds.

While it had already been confirmed North would open the season against Collingwood on Easter Sunday, the full release of the draw reveals a torrid start to 2013. Four of the club's first five games are against teams who finished in the top six in 2012. To add to that, North's only repeat opponent from the bottom 10 in 2012 is the rapidly improving Brisbane outfit.

From 2012's top 8, North plays Collingwood, Geelong, Hawthorn and Adelaide twice. It is the Hawks that are a surprise inclusion in the list, as it will be the first time since 2009 the sides will meet more than once in a season. After the 115-point loss to them in Round 10, The Roos will have their first chance for revenge in Round 5 at the MCG.

North will play at the 'G twice, finishing the home and away season with a blockbuster encounter against Collingwood at the home of football.

Fremantle

Fremantle CEO Steve Rosich said that given the demands of the competing clubs and the complexity of drawing up fixtures for an 18-team competition with 22 home and away games, the club was pleased with its schedule for 2013.

"Kicking off 2013 with a string of marquee home games at Patersons Stadium, including two Friday night games, will provide an exciting start to the season for our members and supporters," Rosich said.

"The interest in our first four games will be significant. We are very pleased at the prospect of hosting a home derby followed by the Starlight Purple Haze Game against Essendon plus the Len Hall Game against Richmond, all capped off by a Saturday night clash under lights with Collingwood."

"We anticipate that our first four home games will be heavily patronised, with the potential for all four games to be sell-out fixtures."

"Every fixture presents it opportunities and challenges, so overall, and taking into account the challenges associated with such issues as six day breaks and our heavy travel schedule, we are satisfied with our spread of games across the home and away season."

Brisbane

Brisbane Lions CEO Malcolm Holmes today welcomed the release of the fixture.

"Overall we are very pleased with the 2013 fixture, which represents a good balance between our football and commercial requirements," he said.

"Hosting a Friday night blockbuster against Collingwood is a fantastic outcome, as well as other big games against top-eight teams from 2012 like Adelaide, West Coast, and Geelong."

"It's also terrific news that we will have an increase of games shown live on Free to Air, and of course all games will be broadcast live into Queensland on 7mate."

Western Bulldogs

Western Bulldogs Chief Executive Simon Garlick said the fixture provides the Club and its members and fans with some upside as well as some obstacles it will need to be prepared for.

"From a football perspective, 2013 presents a demanding schedule, highlighted by a slight increase of interstate travel and tough 3-4 week blocks against finalists from 2012 — but the reality is, to improve, our team needs to be put up against the best sides in the competition and this fixture provides that opportunity," Garlick said.

"We are disappointed that from an overall perspective our games aren't as accessible to our members and fans from a free-to-air viewpoint and in particular the prime time Friday night slot. However, we are pleased to have more consistency in our home game slots giving our fans the opportunity to turn up and support the team in the convenient, family friendly time slots of Saturday and Sunday afternoons for the most part."

"We look forward to this starting in earnest against Brisbane in the traditional Saturday afternoon slot in Round 1."

"14 games at Etihad also provide an opportunity to build some continuity of performance at our Home Ground."

Greater Western Sydney

Greater Western Sydney Giants Head Coach Kevin Sheedy has praised the release of the 2013 AFL fixture.

"We're going to play our first game against the last year's Premiers, the Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium," Sheedy said.

"Congratulations to the Swans on their Premiership, it's been great for AFL in Sydney. Not only that but we've got seven games at SKODA Stadium this year as well as another game against the Swans at the Sydney Cricket Ground."

"So for all you fans who have been waiting for two teams in Sydney, you've got football just about every week now.'

Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide CEO Keith Thomas said the 2013 draw provided a great opportunity for people to get to AAMI Stadium and support the Club as it tackles some of the AFL’s best clubs and biggest names on home turf.

"2013 is going to be a very important year for Port Adelaide and the fixture should further excite our Members and supporters, and drive them to get behind the team at our home games," Mr Thomas said.

"We are embarking on a new era with Ken Hinkley leading our coaching group and a lot of fresh faces, and we will get to measure our progress against a great line up of visiting teams, hopefully in front of some really good crowds."

Adelaide Crows

Adelaide will play two 'blockbuster' Friday night games in 2013, including the opening game of the AFL Premiership Season against Essendon at AAMI Stadium on March 22.

The Crows will have a total of 12 games at AAMI Stadium, including the away Showdown in round three, in the Club’s final season at the ground before moving to Adelaide Oval in 2014.

The Club will play its final-ever home and away season game at AAMI Stadium in round 22 against Melbourne on a Saturday afternoon.

Adelaide plays three of its first four games at AAMI Stadium, with Essendon in round one, the round three Showdown against the Power and Western Bulldogs in round four.

The Club plays West Coast, Fremantle, Port Adelaide, Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne twice.

Geelong

The Cats will take on Gold Coast on Saturday 1st June in the first AFL night
game played in Geelong, and the Cats will also face Fremantle, St Kilda and
Sydney under the new lights.

"This is a great fixture for our club and our supporters," acting CEO Rob
Threlfall said.

"To have four games under lights is a great initiative in this exciting time
for the club. It will be a new experience for both our members and
supporters and also for visiting supporters to Simonds Stadium.

"With the Players Stand opening, we will increase capacity to 33,000 and
that will allow an opportunity for visiting supporters to better access the
stadium. One of the great things about footy is the fact that supporters
from both clubs mingle at the games, and the additional facilities here will
allow for visiting supporters to come and get behind their team."

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