ANZAC Day will feature a feast of football with the 2014 AFL fixture scheduling a triple-header across three time zones.

Collingwood will play Essendon in the traditional Anzac Day clash before St Kilda host the Brisbane Lions in the second match held at Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

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Then, Fremantle will play North Melbourne at Patersons Stadium in a night game.

The fact Anzac Day falls on a Friday has given the AFL the opportunity to schedule three games running back-to-back across the afternoon. 

The Pies-Bombers game, hosted by Collingwood, will kick off in Melbourne at 2.40pm local time.

Then, as was the case this year, the Saints' game will be held as a night match, broadcast back into Australia at 5.45pm EST with Wellington two hours ahead of the east coast.

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The Dockers-Kangaroos match will then be held at 6.40pm local time and broadcast to the east coast at 8.40pm.

Collingwood-Essendon and Fremantle-North Melbourne will be broadcast by Channel Seven, and St Kilda-Brisbane Lions on Foxtel.


AFL deputy CEO Gillon McLachlan said the Saints' New Zealand fixture, which has been extended to see them play in Wellington on Anzac Day for the next five years, would likely involve a different opponent each year. 

This year, the Sydney Swans travelled to play the Saints in the first match for premiership points on international soil. 

While the Lions will travel next year, it is believed a range of teams – not necessarily all from the east coast – could be considered in future seasons. 

While it has not been ruled out, a second Melbourne-based team travelling to Wellington would provide logistical issues in transporting the clubs and supporters across the Tasman. 

Meanwhile, Hawthorn has been given the most six-day breaks of any club.

Recovery will be the word at Waverley with the premiers to endure nine six-day breaks throughout the season.

They will, however, celebrate their premiership twice, unveiling their flag in round one against the Brisbane Lions at Launceston's Aurora Stadium and then again in round three in front of Fremantle at the MCG in the Grand Final rematch.

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The Saints, despite requesting more games at the MCG than the three they played there this season, have just two scheduled at the hallowed ground in 2014.

Below: Collingwood players line up for the Last Post on Anzac Day. Picture: AFL Media


They will play Hawthorn there in round seven on May 3 and Richmond in round 22, neither of which are home games.

The Saints will start their season in low-profile fashion, hosting Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney at Etihad Stadium in rounds one and two.

The number of games played in the Thursday night timeslot has doubled from three to six, while the new concept of Sunday night will also involve six games.

Every state and territory will again host AFL football in 2014, with Alice Springs taking one game from the two played in Darwin for the last four years.

Traeger Park in Alice Springs will host the Melbourne-Port Adelaide clash in round 11 on Saturday, May 31.

It will be one of the centrepiece games of the Indigenous Round, along with Dreamtime at the 'G between Essendon and Richmond that night.

The Saints have also been granted their request to play the Magpies in that round to celebrate club great Nicky Winmar.

St Kilda was playing Collingwood at Victoria Park in the round four 1993 game where Winmar lifted his jumper at the end of the match and pointed to his skin in response to racist taunts.   

Darwin will host the other Northern Territory game, to be held in round 16 between Melbourne and Fremantle on Saturday, July 5.

Lance Franklin will meet his former side for the first time in round eight under lights at ANZ Stadium after crossing to the Sydney Swans on an unprecedented nine-year deal.

But Hawthorn supporters will have to wait until round 18 to see the superstar forward on the MCG in the return match, scheduled for the night of Saturday, July 26.


The Western Bulldogs will play a Saturday afternoon home game in Cairns in round 17 against Gold Coast after signing a one-year deal with Tourism Queensland that has an option to be extended beyond 2014. 

This replaces the Dogs' Darwin fixture, which has seen the club play nine games in the Top End since 2004. 

Round 23 will again involve a floating fixture with days and times to be locked in when the League has a better idea of the finals make up.

Some mouthwatering final round clashes include Collingwood-Hawthorn, Carlton-Essendon, Fremantle-Port Adelaide and the Sydney Swans-Richmond.

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