Practice matches locked in: Flag favourites to go toe-to-toe

TWO PREMIERSHIP favourites in Collingwood and Melbourne will face off in a practice match this Saturday at Casey Fields, which is open to the public.

All AFLW teams will play their sole official practice game this weekend – some of which will be open to the public – before going on leave for a week-long Christmas break.

Reigning premier Brisbane and neighbouring Gold Coast play the first practice match on Friday night, while GWS will be the sole team to travel interstate, taking on Adelaide on Saturday.

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In the remaining Victorian games, Carlton is hosting St Kilda at Ikon Park, North Melbourne will take a short trip to VU Whitten Oval to play the Western Bulldogs, while Geelong will come up the highway to take on Richmond.

West Coast and Fremantle have taken a slightly different approach, playing each other on Tuesday evening to round out the practice match action.

Round one action then kicks off on January 7 with St Kilda and Richmond opening the season.

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Womens.afl will bring you a wrap of the weekend practice match action on Monday.

PRACTICE MATCHES

Gold Coast v Brisbane
Friday 17 December, 6pm AEST, Leyshon Park
Open to the public from 5pm – food and beverage available to purchase, parking limited
Livestream on lions.com.au from 5.50pm AEST

Melbourne v Collingwood
Saturday 18 December, 10am AEDT, Casey Fields
Open to the public
Coverage via club social media channels

Adelaide v GWS
Saturday 18 December, 11.30am ACDT, Norwood Oval
Open to the public
Coverage via club social media channels every quarter

Carlton v St Kilda
Saturday 18 December, 11am AEDT, Ikon Park
Closed to the public
Coverage via club social media channels every quarter

Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne
Saturday 18 December, 1pm AEDT, VU Whitten Oval
Open to the public
Coverage via club social media channels every quarter

Richmond v Geelong
Saturday 18 December, 2pm AEDT, Swinburne Centre
Closed to the public
Coverage via club social media channels

Fremantle v West Coast
Tuesday 21 December, 5.30pm AWST, Cockburn ARC
Closed to the public
Coverage via club social media channels