AFL round one revealed: Treloar set to face Pies first up

Adam Treloar is set to face his former side in the first round of the 2021 AFL season, when the Western Bulldogs play Collingwood on Friday, March 19.

The Dogs-Pies clash will be the second match of the new season, with Carlton and Richmond to play their traditional season-opening clash on Thursday March 18.

New Bulldog Adam Treloar will face his old club, Collingwood, in round one.Credit:Getty Images

Treloar was traded to the Bulldogs in controversial circumstances this year, at the end of a turbulent trade period for the Magpies. Collingwood have agreed to pay part of Treloar’s salary for the next five years – an agreement that came well after the end of trade period.

The AFL released the round one fixture on Sunday morning.

Wooden spooners Adelaide will come up against grand finalists the Cats on the Saturday, while Joe Daniher could make his Brisbane debut against the Swans, the team he had tried to be traded to a year earlier, if he is selected for their match on Saturday night at the Gabba.

The round will stretch from Thursday to Sunday, with the MCG set to host three clashes and two at Marvel Stadium. Adelaide Oval, the Gabba, Giants Stadium and Optus Stadium will host one match each.

Most of the 2020 AFL season was played outside Victoria, in hubs, due to the coronavirus outbreak in the state that sparked a months-long lockdown during winter and into spring.

ROUND ONE, 2021

Thursday, March 18

Richmond v Carlton, MCG, 7.25pm AEDT

Friday, March 19

Collingwood v Western Bulldogs, MCG, 7.50pm AEDT

Saturday, March 20

Melbourne v Fremantle, MCG, 1.45pm AEDT

Adelaide v Geelong, Adelaide Oval, 4.35pm AEDT

Essendon v Hawthorn, Marvel Stadium, 7.25pm AEDT

Brisbane v Sydney, Gabba, 7.45pm AEDT

Sunday, March 21

North Melbourne v Port Adelaide, Marvel Stadium, 1.10pm AEDT

Greater Western Sydney v St Kilda, Giants Stadium, 3.20pm AEDT

West Coast v Gold Coast, Optus Stadium, 6.10pm AEDT

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