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While Super Rugby and NRL fans have enjoyed watching their teams run around over the last few weeks or more, AFL supporters can finally breathe a sigh of relief with the season getting underway at the sport’s traditional home the MCG on Thursday night. That first match features old rivals Carlton and Richmond for a third straight year and it is the Tigers expected to roll the Blues.
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West Coast matches up with Hawthorn on the back of an incredible last gasp win over the Giants last weekend. Richmond footy club is no chance of playing in the finals but would love to end its season on a high after a strong performance against Geelong in round 21. And 'The Showdown Part II' takes place at Adelaide Oval between fierce rivals Port and the Crows on Saturday night in front of what should be a bumper sell-out crowd.
Round 21 features two blockbuster matches that very well might decide how the Top 8 sits. The GWS Giants host the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium, while Hawthorn take on North Melbourne to try to stay atop the AFL ladder!
With only four more weeks until the AFL finals, the race to finalise the Top 4 has never been closer. Only 3 wins separate 1st and 8th, so every victory counts. Both Sydney and GWS will look to solidify their spot in the Top 4 when they face Port Adelaide and Gold Coast respectively, whil Hawthorn and Geelong have a slightly easier task on their hands, when they face Melbourne and Essendon in Victoria.
In Round 19 of the AFL, the GWS Giants look to cement their place in the Top 4 when they face Richmond at home, while Hawthorn is looking to secure its 3rd Minor Premiership in the last 6 years with a victory over Carlton!
Collingwood and North Melbourne kick off Round 18 of the AFL, with Collingwood eyeing an unlikely finals berth, while the Kangaroos fighting to keep their spot in the Top 8!
Round 17 of the 2016 AFL Season is headlined by the Thursday night match up, with the reigning champions, the Hawthorn Hawks, travelling north to face the genuine contenders in the Sydney Swans!
Last weekend was the last of the split rounds for the 2016 AFL season as the 18 clubs build towards the business end of the year.
In the final split round of the 2016 season, the Sydney Swans host the Western Bulldogs, while Melbourne will look to tame a red hot Adelaide outfit.