By JESS WEBSTER
NEAFL clubs will take on a mix of opposition teams in the lead-up to the 2018 season with a number of QAFL and Ovens and Murray league clubs a part of this year’s practice match schedule.
The Sydney Swans and the GIANTS will kick off 2018 on March 9 at Blacktown, in a curtain raiser to the Swans and GIANTS’ AFL JLT Community Series match.
Defending premier Brisbane will play Aspley on March 10 at Graham Rd, with the Hornets also set to clash with Southport and Redland.
Reigning QAFL premier Palm Beach Currumbin, featuring the likes of Grogan medallist and former Southport captain Jason Burge, NEAFL representative and another former Sharks captain Ben Headland, and NT Thunder best-and-fairest Jake Dignan, will battle the Gold Coast Suns on March 24.
Canberra Demons will once again face Albury and Lavington, while other QAFL clubs Wilston Grange, Labrador and Broadbeach are also in the mix, set to play Brisbane, Redland and Gold Coast respectively.
Sydney University will be involved in a rotating schedule against Sydney Swans and the GIANTS, kicking off against the Swans on March 17.
Please note: Some venues and times are yet to be confirmed, and will be made public as soon as possible. The full practice match schedule is below, and you can keep up to date with all the latest information on our dedicated page here.
Friday, March 9
Sydney Swans v GIANTS at BISP, 4.25pm
Saturday, March 10
Aspley v Brisbane Lions at South Pine Sports Complex, 11.30am
Canberra Demons v Albury at Wodonga Secondary College, 2pm
Redland v Southport at Scottsdale Park, 2.30pm
Sunday, March 11
Gold Coast Suns v Broadbeach at Bond University, 10am
Saturday, March 17
Labrador v Redland at Cooke-Murphy Oval, 1pm
Aspley v Southport at Graham Rd, 2.30pm
Sydney Swans v Sydney University at Tramway Oval, 11am
Canberra Demons v Lavington at Crossroads Oval, 2pm
Friday, March 23
Aspley v Redland at South Pine Sports Complex, 7pm
Saturday, March 24
Wilston Grange v Brisbane Lions at Bendigo Bank Oval, 12pm
Gold Coast Suns v Palm Beach Currumbin, venue and time TBC
GIANTS v Sydney University at Tom Wills Oval, 12pm
Saturday, March 31
Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast Suns at South Pine Sports Complex, 1.30pm
GIANTS v Sydney Swans at Tom Wills Oval, 12pm
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