ROUND two of the Toyota AFL Premiership season will begin with a bang with back-to-back blockbusters.
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Powerhouses Collingwood and Richmond will lock horns on Thursday, June 11, while fierce rivals Geelong and Hawthorn will go toe-to-toe the following night at GMHBA Stadium.
The Showdown in South Australia will also feature in the first week of the restarted season.
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West Coast and Fremantle will play Gold Coast and Brisbane respectively with the two WA sides set to spend a month in Queensland.
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Essendon and North Melbourne will travel to New South Wales to take on Sydney and GWS respectively, while Carlton v Melbourne and St Kilda v Western Bulldogs will be the remaining matches in round two.
The AFL will release the times and venues for round two through to round five in the first phase of fixture releases on Monday at 1pm AEST.
The new schedule of matches will be released in four-week blocks, allowing the AFL flexibility to adapt to changing coronavirus restrictions later in the year.
The restart to competition follows weeks of negotiations between the AFL, state governments, health authorities and clubs.
Adelaide and Port Adelaide will clash on home soil before relocating to a temporary base on the Gold Coast to play the rest of their matches in the first block of fixtures.
However, the Crows and the Power are hopeful that further relaxation of SA travel restrictions will soon allow them to fly in and out of Adelaide.
Four umpires will travel to Adelaide and undergo a strict 14-day quarantine period before officiating the Showdown.
West Coast and Fremantle are planning to spend a month in the Gold Coast, but there will be no Western Derby in the first block of fixtures.
The AFL will attempt to complete a shortened 153-game season before holding a regulation eight-team finals series, with the grand final likely to be played on October 24.
Thursday, June 11
Collingwood vs Richmond, MCG
Friday, June 12
Geelong vs Hawthorn, GMHBA Stadium
Saturday June 13
Brisbane vs Fremantle, Gabba
Carlton vs Melbourne, Marvel Stadium
Port Adelaide vs Adelaide, Adelaide Oval
Gold Coast vs West Coast, Metricon
Sunday, June 14
Sydney vs Essendon, SCG
GWS vs North Melbourne, Giants Stadium
St Kilda vs Western Bulldogs, Marvel Stadium