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Pre-season fixture announced

LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16: The boundary umpire throws the ball in during the 2016 AFL Round 04 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the St Kilda Saints at Aurora Stadium, Launceston on April 16, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
The University of Tasmania Stadium will host Hawthorn and Geelong on Friday 17 February

HAWTHORN and Geelong will kick off their 2017 JLT Community Series campaigns under lights when the two sides meet at University of Tasmania Stadium (previously Aurora Stadium) on Friday 17 February. 

The encounter will pit the arch-rivals against each other for the first time since their heart-stopping 2016 qualifying final.

It will also mark Geelong’s first game in Launceston in ten years.

The two sides previously met at Aurora Stadium in Round 4, 2007, with the Hawks prevailing in a four point thriller.

The Hawks will then head to Arden Street, home of North Melbourne, to play the Kangaroos in the club’s second pre-season game, with the match fixtured for Sunday 26 February at 2.05pm.

Two weeks later, Hawthorn will round out its pre-season preparation with a clash against Port Adelaide at Hickinbotham Oval in Noarlunga, South Australia on Sunday 12 March at 12.40pm.

After a break of just under two weeks, the Hawks will open their 2017 season with a the blockbuster clash against arch-rivals Essendon at the MCG.

That game will be played on Saturday 25 March.

The full 2016 home-and-away fixture will be released later this week.


Entry to all Hawthorn JLT Community Series matches will be FREE for 2017 members (subject to availability). 

Hawthorn’s 2017 JLT Community Series fixture:

Match one
Friday, 17 February

Hawthorn Vs Geelong Cats

University of Tasmania Stadium (previously Aurora Stadium)

19:40 EDT


Match two

Sunday, 26 February

North Melbourne Vs Hawthorn

North Melbourne Recreation Reserve – Arden Street

14:05 EDT


Match three

Sunday, 12 March

Port Adelaide Vs Hawthorn

Hickinbotham Oval, Noarlunga SA

12:40 CDT 

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