SYDNEY and Fremantle will head to Cairns for the final month of the season, while a number of other clubs including reigning premiers Richmond are also expected to make a detour to Far North Queensland in order to finish the home and away campaign.
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While the fixture for rounds 14-18 won't be finalised by the AFL until later this week, both the Swans and the Dockers have confirmed they will be situated in Cairns for their final four matches this season.
They will play their games at Cazalys Stadium, with Melbourne likely to join the pair for a two-match stint at some stage in the final rounds as the Demons are yet to play either club this year.
Sydney is yet to play Brisbane, Carlton, Geelong, Melbourne and Port Adelaide and could face any of those sides in Cairns, while Fremantle is yet to play Greater Western Sydney, North Melbourne, Richmond, Melbourne or the Western Bulldogs.
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It will be the first time that footy has been played in Cairns since round one 2018, when Gold Coast defeated North Melbourne by 16 points in a low-scoring contest.
"We are delighted to again be playing games at Cazalys Stadium and to have Sydney and Fremantle staying in Cairns which has such a passionate AFL support base," the League's general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld said in a statement.
"We are really grateful for the support of the Queensland government which has ensured our season has been able to continue, along with the wonderful support of Tourism Queensland and Cairns Regional Council.
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"We are really excited to bring our games to Far North Queensland and now for a period of time having teams in the community and contributing to the local economy when it is really needed."