Collingwood beat Hawthorn by 3 points in last year's Preliminary Final. Picture: George Salpigtidis/adelaidenow.com.au
The 2012 AFL season gets into full swing this week, with eight fixtures set to be played Thursday through to Sunday. Richmond face Carlton at the MCG on Thursday night in Melbourne’s first match of the year, before competition heavyweights Hawthorn and Collingwood go toe to toe at the ground 24 hours later. The Hawks will be looking for revenge against the Magpies after blowing a 17 point lead into three quarter time against the them before eventually being overrun in last season’s preliminary final.
The Melbourne Demons host the Brisbane Lions at the ‘G’ on Saturday afternoon, before the Suns and Crows do battle on the Gold Coast. On Saturday night, the Kangaroos host Essendon , while defending Premiers Geelong kick off the new campaign away to Fremantle . The Western Bulldogs host West Coast on Sunday afternoon and Port Adelaide face St Kilda at AAMI Stadium.
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