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Adelaide Oval Showdown in June as AFL season reboots

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The Crows and Port Adelaide will play a Saturday night Showdown at Adelaide Oval on June 13, as the AFL today announced fixture details of the 2020 season reboot.

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The AFL revealed the schedule of rounds two to five, after the season was suspended after round one due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Collingwood and Richmond will kick-off the AFL’s resumption at the MCG on Thursday June 11 at 7.40pm.

Adelaide and the Power will clash on home soil two days later,  before relocating to their temporary hub on the Gold Coast to play the rest of their matches in the first block of fixtures.

West Coast and Fremantle will play all matches in the rounds two, three, four and five block in south-east Queensland, and the two South Australian teams will do the same for rounds three, four and five.

All four SA and WA teams will be absorbing one “home” game each while based in south-east Queensland.

But the SA teams remain hopeful that further relaxation of SA travel restrictions will soon allow them to fly in and out of Adelaide.

Port Adelaide vice-captain Ollie Wines today emerged unscathed from his first contact AFL training session in almost four months since shoulder surgery.

But the Power are yet to contemplate whether Wines, having had surgery after dislocating his shoulder in early February, will be selected when the AFL resumes from June 11.

Wines on Monday resumed contact training with his teammates at Alberton Oval.

“We have still got a few more weeks of training to go but Ollie has got through his first contact session since he did his shoulder, which is fantastic,” Port assistant coach Jarrad Schofield told reporters.

“He will progress over the coming weeks like all players. We’re not thinking selection at the moment.”

Port plan for triple club champion Robbie Gray to be available after breaking a toe last week in a gym mishap when he dropped a weight on his foot.

“He has been off his legs another week,” Schofield said.

“He will just do his program. We have still got 19, 20 days before we play so there is time for him to get it right.”

The AFL also unveiled a new timeslot – 6.05pm Sunday evening – in its return batch of matches.

Metricon Stadium, the Suns’ home ground will be used for double headers in rounds three and four.

Collingwood and Richmond will kick-off the AFL’s resumption at the MCG on Thursday June 11 at 7.40pm.

The Friday night fixture for round two will be a home game for Geelong against Hawthorn.

The AFL is expected to announce details of rounds six and seven after round three.

Round Two

Thursday, June 11
Collingwood vs. Richmond, MCG, 7:40pm AEST

Friday, June 12
Geelong vs. Hawthorn, GMHBA Stadium, 7:50pm AEST

Saturday, June 13
Brisbane vs. Fremantle, Gabba, 1:45pm AEST
Carlton vs. Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, 4:35pm AEST
Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide, Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm ACST
Gold Coast vs. West Coast, Metricon Stadium, 7:40pm, 7:40pm

Sunday, June 14
Greater Western Sydney vs. North Melbourne, Giants Stadium, 1:05pm AEST
Sydney Swans vs. Essendon, SCG, 3:35pm AEST
St Kilda vs. Western Bulldogs, Marvel Stadium, 6:05pm AEST

Round Three

Thursday, June 18
Richmond vs. Hawthorn, MCG, 7:40pm AEST

Friday, June 19
Western Bulldogs vs. Greater Western Sydney, Marvel Stadium, 7:50pm AEST

Saturday, June 20
North Melbourne vs. Sydney, Marvel Stadium, 1:45pm AEST
Collingwood vs. St Kilda, MCG, 4:35pm AEST
Geelong vs. Carlton, GMHBA Stadium, 7:40pm AEST
Brisbane vs. West Coast, Gabba, 7:40pm AEST

Sunday, June 21
Gold Coast vs. Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, 1:05pm AEST
Essendon vs. Melbourne, MCG, 3:35pm AEST
Fremantle vs. Port Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, 6:05pm AEST

Round Four

Thursday, June 25
Sydney vs. Western Bulldogs, SCG, 7:40pm AEST

Friday, June 26
Greater Western Sydney vs. Collingwood, Giants Stadium, 7:50pm AEST

Saturday, June 27
Port Adelaide vs. West Coast, Metricon Stadium, 1:45pm AEST
St Kilda vs. Richmond, Marvel Stadium, 4:35pm AEST
Essendon vs. Carlton, MCG, 7:40pm AEST
Gold Coast vs. Fremantle, Metricon Stadium, 7:40pm AEST

Sunday, June 28
Brisbane vs. Adelaide, Gabba, 1:05pm AEST
Melbourne vs. Geelong, MCG, 3:35pm AEST
Hawthorn vs. North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, 6:05pm AEST

Round Five

Thursday, July 2
West Coast  vs. Richmond, Metricon Stadium, 7:40pm AEST

Friday, July 3
Collingwood vs. Essendon, MCG, 7:50pm AEST

Saturday, July 4
Carlton vs. St Kilda, MCG, 1:45pm AEST
Geelong vs. Gold Coast, GMHBA, 4:35pm AEST
Western Bulldogs vs. North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, 7:40pm AEST
Brisbane vs. Port Adelaide, Gabba, 7:40pm AEST

Sunday, July 5
Adelaide vs. Fremantle, Metricon Stadium, 1:05pm AEST
Sydney vs. Melbourne, SCG, 3:35pm AEST
Greater Western Sydney vs. Hawthorn, Giants Stadium, 6:05pm AEST

-with AAP

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