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AFL restart fixture set to be released on Monday

As reported by The Age, the AFL is also considering a meeting of arch-rivals Hawthorn and Geelong for the Friday night slot, while a Showdown in South Australia is also on the agenda.

Adelaide and Port Adelaide will likely clash on home soil before relocating to their temporary hub on the Gold Coast to play the rest of their matches in the first block of fixtures.

However, the Crows and the Power are hopeful further relaxation of SA travel restrictions will soon allow them to fly in and out of Adelaide.

West Coast and Fremantle are planning to spend a month in the Gold Coast hub, but there will be no Western derby in the first block of fixtures.

The Eagles and the Dockers are hopeful they can go head-to-head in Perth later in the season.

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It remains to be seen if fans will be allowed in the stands, but a stoush is already brewing over which club will be given derby hosting rights, and therefore handed a sponsorship and revenue boost.

Fremantle president Dale Alcock told ABC radio his club – which is in a more perilous financial position than the Eagles – would be “lobbying hard” for hosting rights.

“In terms of need I think Fremantle could mount a pretty strong case,” Alcock said.

“It could be a toss of the coin, who knows. Look, that’s one we’ll be lobbying hard for.”

The AFL will attempt to complete a shortened 153-game season before holding a regulation eight-team finals series, with the grand final likely to be played on October 24.

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