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Super Saturday looming: round 23 fixture revealed

Rd 23 revealed, Dees plan, Cats respect Nat Edwards presents Footy Feed

A SIX-GAME 'Super Saturday' headlines the AFL's round 23 fixture announcement with potential finalists Geelong and Adelaide to face off at Simonds Stadium in the afternoon.

As tipped by last month, the League has chosen to schedule six games on Saturday, September 5 to ensure a fair lead-in to finals-bound teams.

Richmond will face North Melbourne on Friday night at Etihad Stadium while the two Saturday night games will be West Coast v St Kilda at Domain Stadium and the Sydney Swans v Gold Coast at the SCG.

The AFL chose to put the Roos and Tigers in the prime slot as it is the only game in the final round that features two teams in the top-eight playing against each other.

The League considered placing the Hawthorn and Carlton clash on Friday night, but believed because all three other teams presently in the top-four were playing on Saturday, the Hawks should also play that day. 

The ladder-leading Dockers will play on Saturday afternoon to ensure they can travel back from Adelaide to Perth that evening, with travel also a factor in placing the Western Bulldogs and Brisbane Lions match at the Gabba during the day.

West Coast and the Sydney Swans will play on Saturday night because they are hosting home games and do not need to travel the week before their finals series begins.

The floating fixture's logjam of Saturday games leaves just two games on Sunday, with all four sides slated to play on the last day of the home and away season because they currently sit outside of the top eight.

Round 23 fixture. All times local

Friday, September 4
Richmond v North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium, 7.50pm AEST (AFL Live APP)

Saturday, September 5
Geelong v Adelaide at Simonds Stadium, 1.05pm AEST (AFL Live APP)
Brisbane Lions v Western Bulldogs at the Gabba, 1.45pm AEST (AFL Live APP)
Port Adelaide v Fremantle at Adelaide Oval, 3.20pm ACST (AFL Live APP)
Hawthorn v Carlton at the MCG, 4.40pm AEST (AFL Live APP)
West Coast v St Kilda at Domain Stadium, 5.40pm AWST (AFL Live APP)
Sydney Swans v Gold Coast at the SCG, 7.20pm AEST (AFL Live APP)

Sunday, September 6
Melbourne v GWS at Etihad Stadium, 1.10pm AEST (AFL Live APP)
Collingwood v Essendon at the MCG, 3.20pm AEST (AFL Live APP)

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