Four home games for 2018 GIANTS AFLW
The GWS GIANTS AFL Women’s side will play four home games in the second season of the AFLW competition.
Beginning their year against Melbourne at Casey Fields (Melbourne), the GIANTS will host their first home game in Round 2 against Carlton at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney on Friday, 9 February 2018 at 7.05pm.
The GIANTS will also welcome inaugural AFLW Premiers, the Adelaide Crows to Blacktown International Sportspark on Sunday, 25 February 2018 at 4.35pm
Canberra will again host the Western Bulldogs with Katie Brennan and her teammates travelling to UNSW Canberra Oval to play the GIANTS on 10 March 2018 at 7.10pm.
The GIANTS’ final home game will be against last year’s runners up, the Brisbane Lions at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Throughout the 2018 AFLW season, the GIANTS will also travel to Olympic Park Oval to play Collingwood and Fremantle Oval to play the Dockers.
The home and away season will remain seven rounds with the NAB AFL Women’s Grand Final to be played on Saturday, 24 March 2018 at a location and time to be determined.
AFL General Manager – Clubs and Broadcasting Travis Auld said all eight clubs were consulted throughout the fixture process, including their preferred home venues and other considerations were taken into account including accessibility for fans, venue facilities and lighting for night matches.
“Playing in the summer months means heat, start times and player welfare are important factors when creating the AFLW fixture,” he said.
“All clubs have at least six-day breaks between matches and most matches will be played in either twilight or evening slots to avoid heat issues.
“With the success of the inaugural AFLW season earlier this year, I’m sure all football fans will be looking forward to kicking off the 2018 football season with the women’s competition.
“We are taking matches to new venues and locations to continue our reach across the 28-match season.”
Four clubs will play four home matches – Adelaide Crows, Melbourne, Fremantle and GWS Giants. Four clubs will play three home games – Brisbane Lions, Collingwood, Carlton and Western Bulldogs.
There are no double-header matches scheduled with the JLT Community Series in 2018.
All 28 home and away matches will be broadcast live by FOX FOOTY, with all matches also available via the AFL’s digital platforms including the AFL Live App and AFL.com.au.
The Seven Network will broadcast nine matches including two matches in the opening round, all Saturday night matches and the NAB AFL Women’s Grand Final exclusively live.
Match entry remains free of charge for all matches with the exception of Perth Stadium (details to be advised).