BROADCAST GUIDE | AFL locks in schedule for Round 23 matches this weekend


As COVID-19 continues to cause disruption, the AFL has released a revised fixture for the final round of the Home and Away season coming up this weekend.

Round 23 promises to deliver a big weekend of football with all the teams at the top of the ladder competing against each other to lock-in their place in the finals fixture.

Round 23 updates (all times EST):

  • Western Bulldogs vs. Port Adelaide will take place at Marvel Stadium at 7:50pm on Friday, August 20. The AFL, together with the Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide, have agreed to strict travel arrangements and other protocols as approved by the South Australian Government. Port Adelaide will fly-in and fly-out for the match via charter flight.
  • Sydney Swans vs. Gold Coast SUNS will take place at Marvel Stadium at 1:45pm on Saturday, August 21.
  • Richmond vs. Hawthorn will take place at the MCG at 1:35pm on Saturday, August 21.
  • Brisbane Lions vs. West Coast Eagles will take place at The Gabba at 4:35pm on Saturday, August 21.
  • Geelong Cats vs. Melbourne will take place at GMHBA Stadium at 7:25pm on Saturday, August 21.
  • Carlton vs. GWS GIANTS will take place at Marvel Stadium at 7:40pm on Saturday, August 21.
  • St Kilda vs. Fremantle will take place at 12:15pm on Sunday, August 22 with the venue to be confirmed.
  • Essendon vs. Collingwood will take place at the MCG at 3:20pm on Sunday, August 22.
  • Adelaide Crows vs. North Melbourne will take place at Adelaide Oval at 4:40pm (4:10pm local) on Sunday, August 22. The AFL, together with the Adelaide Crows and North Melbourne, have agreed to strict travel arrangements and other protocols as approved by the South Australian Government. North Melbourne will fly-in and fly-out for the match on Sunday via charter flight.

AFL Executive General Manager Clubs and Broadcasting Travis Auld said he was excited about the matches in Round 23:

“We are really looking forward to what is shaping up to be a blockbuster final round of the home-and-away season,”

“We have witnessed a very even competition so far and it will come down to the wire with a number of teams vying for the last two spots in the eight. The compilation of the eight may not be known until Sunday evening following the match between Essendon and Collingwood which is really exciting for fans across the country.

“Round 23 will also see the top four teams play against each other with the Western Bulldogs hosting Port Adelaide on Friday night and Geelong hosting Melbourne on Saturday night – matches that will determine the minor Premier and who will host the two Qualifying Finals.

“It is a tight race to the finish and while the pandemic will continue to challenge us over the coming weeks, as an industry, we will continue to adapt as we navigate those challenges.

“We will continue to make changes that best manage the current environment, progresses our season and protects the health and safety of those in our game and the wider community.

“As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will work closely with respective State and Territory Governments, all AFL Clubs and other key stakeholders while ensuring the health and safety of the community remains paramount.”

Round 23   
Western Bulldogs vs. Port AdelaideMarvel Stadium (SEVEN)7:50pm7:50pm
Richmond vs. HawthornMCG (FOX)1.35pm1.35pm
Sydney Swans vs. Gold Coast SUNSMarvel Stadium (FOX)1.45pm1.45pm
Brisbane Lions vs. West Coast EaglesThe Gabba (FOX)4.35pm4.35pm
Geelong Cats vs. MelbourneGMHBA Stadium (SEVEN)7.25pm7.25pm
Carlton vs. GWS GIANTSMarvel Stadium (FOX)7.40pm7.40pm
St Kilda vs. FremantleTBC (FOX)12.15pm12.15pm
Essendon vs. CollingwoodMCG (SEVEN)3.20pm3.20pm
Adelaide Crows vs. North MelbourneAdelaide Oval (FOX)4.40pm4.10pm

The fixture for Week One of the 2021 Toyota AFL Finals Series will be released at the conclusion of Round 23.

Kevin Perry
Co-Creator and Editor of the TV Blackbox website, Kevin Perry is an experienced media commentator focused on TV Production, Consumer Tech, SVOD & Sports Broadcasting. Media enquiries please Call or Text 0428-275-111



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