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Adelaide's fixture rated

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Dustin Martin of the Tigers and Richard Douglas of the Crows have an altercation during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 30, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/AFL Media/Getty Images)
The Grand Final replay will take place in Round Two

AFL Media runs the ruler over Adelaide’s 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season fixture.

PROS: This year's minor premier and eventual runner-up will be buoyed by playing six games at their Adelaide Oval fortress in the opening nine rounds, including four consecutive fixtures there from round six to nine. This includes the Grand Final rematch against reigning premier Richmond in round two. The Crows have a chance to build on their strong record under lights, given they've been allocated 14 night games and five twilight games. They were also granted their wish of being given a home match against North Melbourne to mark the 20th anniversary of their 1998 Grand Final win over the Kangaroos.

CONS: Perhaps their most challenging time will be when they have consecutive six-days breaks leading into big round 16 and 17 clashes with Richmond (MCG) and Geelong (Adelaide Oval) respectively. Their round five clash with Sydney at the SCG will also be the Crows' first minor-round game in New South Wales since 2015.

PLAY TWICE: Richmond, Greater Western Sydney, Port Adelaide, Melbourne, Carlton.

BYE: Round 14

FIRST FOUR WEEKS: Essendon (a), Richmond (h), St Kilda (a), Collingwood (h).

LAST FOUR WEEKS: Port Adelaide (h), GWS (a), North Melbourne (h), Carlton (a).


GAMES AT THE MCG: Just two (one fewer than this year), and they'll be played under lights against Hawthorn in round 13 and Richmond in round 16. 

THEY SAY: "The League has again rewarded clubs which play attacking and entertaining football and have large passionate supporter bases both at the ground and tuning in to watch via the various broadcast platforms. Our fans always turn out in big numbers to games across the country and should take great pride in seeing their team on show on the national stage in premium timeslots. From a football perspective, we also get two games at the MCG including the likelihood of a blockbuster crowd when we confront the Tigers in Round 16 which is fantastic." - CEO Andrew Fagan 

WE SAY: The Crows couldn't have hoped for much more after finishing second this year – they've been awarded plenty of air time in key slots, and their abundance of early home games should again have them somewhere near the top of the ladder by mid-season. They'll also have two games against their former defender Jake Lever, now at Melbourne, in Alice Springs in round 10 and at Adelaide Oval in round 19.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs