If someone told you that the Hawks and Swans would begin the season 0-3, you would have laughed it off and thought nothing of it. Now, with both the glamour clubs desperate for their first win of the year and the Tigers starting 3-0, it seems as though madness has engulfed the AFL. A quick look at the ladder would have many fans surprised to see Richmond in second spot, with Sydney, Hawthorn and North Melbourne the only teams without a win after the first few weeks of competition.
Last weekend saw a number of clubs notch their first wins and losses of the year while others like the Tigers, Crows and Cats remain undefeated. St Kilda, Carlton and Gold Coast all opened their 2017 wins tally while the likes of Melbourne, Essendon and Port Adelaide suffered their first losses of the new season to Geelong, Carlton and Adelaide respectively.
The Easter weekend is one of the most anticipated during the regular season. The Cats and Hawks have one of the AFL’s most intense rivalries ever since Hawthorn’s upset 2008 grand final win over Geelong but the Cats have the wood on them in the traditional Easter Monday clash. The round begins on Thursday with the Swans facing the Eagles in Perth before the Friday fixture features the Kangaroos and Bulldogs. On Saturday, the Dees battle the Dockers, the Suns tackle Port, Carlton and the Suns meet and the undefeated Crows will look to maintain top spot on the ladder with a win over Essendon. On Sunday, Collingwood take on the Saints and the Lions host the Tigers.
Thursday, April 13, 8:10 pm (AEST) @ Domain Stadium
EAGLES: B: S.Wellingham, T.Barrass, B.Sheppard HB: J.Nelson, J.McGovern, S.Hurn C: E.Yeo, M.Priddis, C.Masten HF: A.Gaff, J.Darling, J.Cripps F: M.LeCras, J.Kennedy, J.Hill Foll: J.Giles, L.Shuey, S.Mitchell Inter from: D.Sheed, L.Duggan, J.Redden, N.Vardy, W.Schofield, K.Mutimer.
SWANS: B: Z.Jones, H.Grundy, N.Smith HB: N.Newman, A.Aliir, C.Mills C: J.Kennedy, D.Hannebery, J.Lloyd HF: H.Cunningham, L.Franklin, G.Hewett F: W.Hayward, S.Reid, O.Florent Foll: C.Sinclair, L.Parker, D.Hannebery Inter: J.Foote, R.Fox, H.Marsh, T.Papley Emg: J.Dawson, B.Jack, L.Melican.
Friday, April 16, 4:20pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium
KANGAROOS: B: N.Robertson, D.Gardiner, R.Harwood HB: S.Mayes, H.Andrews, T.Cutler C: D.Zorko, M.Robinson, R.Bewick HF: L.Taylor, E.Hipwood, D.Rich F: J.Barrett, M.Close, D.McStay Foll: S.Martin, D.Beams, T.Rockliff Inter: T.Bell, B.Keays, R.Bastinac, R.Lester Emg: A.Smith, J.Clayton, L.Dawson.
BULLDOGS:B: D.Morris, F.Roberts, J.Johannisen HB S.Biggs, E.Wood, R.Murphy C L.Hunter, L.Dahlhaus, M.Boyd HF: T.Liberatore, Z.Cordy, J.Stringer F: T.McLean, T.Cloke, L.Picken Foll T.Boyd, M.Bontempelli, J.Macrae Inter: M.Suckling, S.Crameri, C.Daniel, L.Jong Emerg: T.Campbell, C.Smith, J.Dunkley
Saturday, April 15, 1:45pm (AEST) @ MCG
DEMONS: B: Jayden Hunt, Tom McDonald, Joel Smith HB: Bernie Vince, Oscar McDonald, Jake Melksham C: Jordan Lewis, Jack Viney, Billy Stretch HF: Christian Petracca, Jesse Hogan, Angus Brayshaw F: Alex Neal-Bullen, Sam Weideman, Jeff Garlett Foll: Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Clayton Oliver I/C: Neville Jetta, Christian Salem, Jack Watts, Mitch Hannan Emg: Tom Bugg, James Harmes, Jake Spencer.
DOCKERS:B: Z.Dawson, J.Hamling, L.Spurr HB: G.Ibbotson, M.Johnson, C.Sutcliffe C: S.Hill, L.Neale, B.Hill HF: D.Pearce, C.McCarthy, E.Langdon F: M.Walters, J.Griffin, S.Kersten Foll: A.Sandilands, N.Fyfe, D.Mundy Inter (from): C.Blakely, H.Crozier, T.Sheridan, N.Suban, M.Taberner, D.Tucker, L.Weller.
Saturday, April 15, 4:35pm (AEST) @ Spotless Stadium
GIANTS: B: Zac Williams, Phil Davis, Adam Tomlinson HB: Heath Shaw, Nick Haynes, Ryan Griffen C: Adam Kennedy, Dylan Shiel, Josh Kelly HF: Steve Johnson, Jonathon Patton, Rory Lobb F: Toby Greene, Jeremy Cameron, Tom Scully R: Shane Mumford, Callan Ward, Matt Kennedy Inter (from): Devon Smith, Tim Taranto, Matt Buntine, Nathan Wilson, Tendai Mzungu, Dawson Simpson, Sam Reid
POWER:B: D.Byrne-Jones, T.Clurey, J.Hombsch HB: M.Broadbent, T.Jonas, D.Houston C: B.Ebert, O.Wines, J.Polec HF: S.Gray, J.Westhoff, C.Wingard F: J.Trengove, C.Dixon, A.Young Foll: P.Ryder, T.Boak, R.Gray Inter: B.Eddy, H.Hartlett, K.Amon, S.Powell-Pepper Emg: M.White, J.Neade, J.Atley
Saturday, April 16, 7:25pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium
BLUES: B: L.Plowman, J.Weitering, K.Simpson HB: D.Thomas, S.Rowe, C.Marchbank C: S.Docherty, B.Gibbs, J.Pickett HF: D.Armfield, L.Casboult, M.Wright F: E.Curnow, J.Silvagni, S.White Foll: M.Kreuzer, P.Cripps, M.Murphy I/C: J.Lamb, C.Curnow, S.Petrevski-Seton, B.Smedts Emergencies: H.Macreadie, R.Palmer, S.Kerridge
SUNS:B: J.Joyce, S.May, A.Saad HB: K.Kolodjashnij, R.Thompson, J.Bowes C: M.Rosa, G.Ablett, D.Swallow HF: M.Barlow, T.Lynch, A.Sexton F: T.Miller, P.Wright, J.Martin Foll: J.Witts, A.Hall, P.Hanley Inter: C.Ah Chee, S.Lemmens, J.Lyons, B.Ainsworth Emg: M.Shaw, B.Matera, J.Schoenfeld
Saturday, April 15, 7:40pm (AEST) @ Adelaide Oval
CROWS: B: R.Laird, D.Talia, L.Brown HB: J.Kelly, K.Hartigan, B.Smith C: D.Mackay, M.Crouch, R.Sloane HF: E.Betts, T.Walker, T.Lynch F: C.Cameron, J.Jenkins, M.McGovern Foll: S.Jacobs, R.Douglas, R.Atkins Inter (from): R.Knight, C.Hampton, A.Otten, W.Milera, M.Poholke, T.Menzel, R.O'Brien
BOMBERS:B: Mark Baguley, Michael Hartley, Andrew McGrath HB: Brendon Goddard, Michael Hurley, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti C: Orazio Fantasia, Dyson Heppell, James Kelly HF: Travis Colyer, Cale Hooker, Zach Merrett F: Shaun McKernan, Joe Daniher, Josh Green R: Patrick Ambrose, Jobe Watson, David Zaharakis Inter: Darcy Parish, Brent Stanton, Martin Gleeson, Kyle Langford Emerg: James Stewart, Ben Howlett, Matt Dea
Sunday, April 16, 3:20pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium
MAGPIES: B: Jeremy Howe, Henry Schade, Jackson Ramsa HB: Josh Smith, Ben Reid, Brayden Maynard C: Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Jack Crisp HF: Jarryd Blair, Jesse White, Travis Varcoe F: Alex Fasolo, Darcy Moore, Mason Cox Foll: Brodie Grundy, Adam Treloar, Taylor Adams Int: Tyson Goldsack, James Aish, Tom Phillips, Will Hoskin-Elliott Emg: Lynden Dunn, Chris Mayne, Tim Broomhead
SAINTS:B: Jarryn Geary, Nathan Brown, Jimmy Webster HB: Jack Newnes, Jake Carlisle, Dylan Roberton C: Shane Savage, David Armitage, Nick Riewoldt HF: Luke Dunstan, Josh Bruce, Mav Weller F: Jade Gresham, Tim Membrey, Nathan Wright Foll: Tom Hickey, Jack Steele, Jack Steven Inter: Seb Ross, Jack Billings, Sam Gilbert, Paddy McCartin Emerg: Blake Acres, Jack Lonie, Billy Longer
Sunday, April 16, 4:40pm (AEST) @ Gabba
LIONS: B: N.Robertson, D.Gardiner, R.Harwood HB: S.Mayes, H.Andrews, T.Cutler C: D.Zorko, M.Robinson, R.Bewick HF: L.Taylor, E.Hipwood, D.Rich F: J.Barrett, M.Close, D.McStay Foll: S.Martin, D.Beams, T.Rockliff Inter: T.Bell, B.Keays, R.Bastinac, R.Lester Emg: A.Smith, J.Clayton, L.Dawson.
TIGERS:B: N.Robertson, D.Gardiner, R.Harwood HB: S.Mayes, H.Andrews, T.Cutler C: D.Zorko, M.Robinson, R.Bewick HF: L.Taylor, E.Hipwood, D.Rich F: J.Barrett, M.Close, D.McStay Foll: S.Martin, D.Beams, T.Rockliff Inter: T.Bell, B.Keays, R.Bastinac, R.Lester Emg: A.Smith, J.Clayton, L.Dawson
Monday, April 17, 3:20pm (AEST) @ MCG
HAWKS: B: Taylor Duryea, James Frawley, Ben Stratton HB: Grant Birchall, Josh Gibson, Shaun Burgoyne C: Isaac Smith, Tom Mitchell, Ricky Henderson HF: Luke Breust, Ryan Schoenmakers, Jack Gunston F: Ty Vickery, Jarryd Roughead, Paul Puopolo R: Ben McEvoy, Jaeger O’Meara, Cyril Rioli INT: James Sicily, Liam Shiels, Will Langford, Billy Hartung EMER: Kade Stewart, Ryan Burton, Teia Miles
CATS:B: Tom Stewart, Tom Lonergan, Mark Blicavs HB: Josh Cowan, Lachie Henderson, Zach Tuohy C: Nakia Cockatoo, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan HF: Rhys Stanley, Harry Taylor, Brandan Parfitt F: Lincoln McCarthy, Tom Hawkins, Steven Motlop Foll: Zac Smith, Patrick Dangerfield, George Horlin-Smith Inter (from): Cameron Guthrie, Andrew Mackie, Sam Menegola, Daniel Menzel, Jordan Murdoch, Tom Ruggles, Jackson Thurlow