Blockbuster bonanza as Cats eye off Hawks for round two

Hawthorn playing Geelong on the opening Friday night would have been a good back-up if playing the Showdown in Adelaide became impossible, but the two teams would also attract a strong audience if scheduled for another timeslot on the weekend football resumes.

In the 25 matches the two clubs have played since the 2008 grand final the margin has been 10 points or less on 13 occasions.

A blockbuster match-up between Carlton and Essendon is unlikely in round two with both clubs marked as steady improvers this season and capable of attracting a big television audience regardless of when they play.

The AFL expects to have the first four rounds of the fixture in place on Monday and will continue to roll out the fixture, which will see each team play each other once in the home-and-away season, in four-week blocks.

If the Showdown occurs as anticipated, West Coast expect to meet either the Brisbane Lions or Gold Coast in round two, with the Dockers to be drawn against either of the two Queensland-based teams also.

The Brisbane Lions defeated West Coast at the Gabba in the opening round last year to get their season off to a strong start and with both teams finals contenders this season, they would be an exciting match-up. Gold Coast and Fremantle both lost in the first round this year.

Greater Western Sydney are likely to play their round-two match in Sydney after defeating Geelong in the opening round of the season, however their opponent remains unknown. The Giants’ biggest rivals are the Western Bulldogs.

Of the remaining clubs, North Melbourne and St Kilda will not meet each other as they played in round one.


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