Hawthorn is set to open its inaugural AFLW season with a historic battle against Essendon in Round 1.

The old rivals will begin a new chapter in their storied history with the clash set to take place at ETU Stadium on Saturday 27 August.

The Hawks will then play their first ever AFLW home game at Box Hill City Oval in Round 2, hosting St Kilda on Sunday 4 September.

A clash with Richmond at the Swinburne Centre kicks off Indigenous Round before the Hawks return to the same venue for another away match in Round 5 to face the Swans.

Another home game at Box Hill follows in Round 4 against the Western Bulldogs to complete Indigenous Round before Hawthorn shifts its home games to SkyBus Stadium (Frankston) for Rounds 6, 7 and 9.

Round 6 sees the Hawks battle West Coast under Friday night lights before coming up against fellow expansion side Port Adelaide the following Saturday and then Brisbane in Round 9.

Hawthorn’s AFLW side will hit the road for the first time in Round 8 when they face GWS in Sydney for Pride Round.

They will then back it up with a trip to Perth in Round 10 to clash with Fremantle.

Hawthorn Head of Football Rob McCartney said the fixture was a win for Hawks fans.

“We’re really excited about the upcoming season,” McCartney said.

“Our fans will make a big statement and paint North Port Oval brown and gold in our clash with Essendon in Round 1.

“With a wealth of support from both teams and the AFLW community overall, we expect the game to be a sellout.

“Hawthorn heartland will be the home of our AFLW side in Rounds 2 and 4 and just like Round 1, we expect our supporters to pack out the stands at Box Hill.

“We look forward to engaging with the Frankston community when we shift our home games to the iconic and freshly upgraded SkyBus Stadium in Rounds 6, 7 and 9.

“We then round out our inaugural season with two opportunities to travel interstate and engage with our supporters in Sydney and Perth, which sets us up for a big season ahead.

“With our squad complete and the fixture unveiled, our AFLW program is now in prime position to attack the season head-on.”

Round 1
Hawthorn v Essendon
Saturday 27 August
ETU Stadium

Round 2
Hawthorn v St Kilda
Sunday 4 September
Box Hill City Oval

Round 3 (Indigenous Round)
Richmond v Hawthorn
Sunday 11 September
Swinburne Centre

Round 4 (Indigenous Round)
Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs
Saturday 17 September
Time TBC
Box Hill City Oval

Round 5
Sydney v Hawthorn
Friday 23 September
Swinburne Centre

Round 6
Hawthorn v West Coast
Friday 30 September
SkyBus Stadium (Frankston)

Round 7
Hawthorn v Port Adelaide
Saturday 8 October
SkyBus Stadium (Frankston)

Round 8
Hawthorn v GWS (Pride Round)
Sunday 16 October
Henson Park

Round 9
Hawthorn v Brisbane
Saturday 22 October
SkyBus Stadium (Frankston)

Round 10
Fremantle v Hawthorn
Friday 28 October - Saturday 30 October
Time TBC
Fremantle Oval