AFL Queensland today released the 2017 Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) fixture, which kicks off on April 22 with four games across three days.
Round 1 will see two games on Saturday, one on Sunday, and the traditional ANZAC eve clash on the Monday night.
QAFL ROUND 1 2017
Morningside vs. Palm Beach Currumbin
Saturday April 22, 2:00pm, Jack Esplen Oval
Mt Gravatt vs. Western Magpies
Saturday April 22, 2:00pm, Dittmer Park
Surfers Paradise vs. Labrador
Sunday April 23, 2:00pm, Sir Bruce Small Park
Wilston Grange vs. Sandgate
Monday April 24, 8:00pm, Bendigo Bank Oval
Of the 72 home and away season games, 68 will be played on a Saturday, three on Sunday, and one on Monday, before a four week finals series culminates in the Grand Final on September 23.
Round 11 is local rivalry round with four local derbies across the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
Toowoomba will host a QAFL game for the first time since 2011 when the Western Magpies play Surfers Paradise. This game ties into the Darling Downs City vs. Country representative weekend.
All four round 16 games will be held in Brisbane at 1pm, giving fans the opportunity to get to the Gabba in time for the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast SUNS QClash13 at 4:45pm.
Palm Beach won’t have to wait long for a shot at redemption; their Grand Final rematch against Labrador is scheduled for round 2 at Cooke-Murphy Oval, the same day the Tigers will unfurl the 2016 premiership flag.
New Wilston Grange coach, Nathan Clarke, comes up against the side he coached in 2016, the Western Magpies, in round 3.
With nine teams in the competition in 2017, Broadbeach has the bye in round 1, but kick their season off with a bang the following week against neighbours Surfers Paradise on a Sunday.
Mt Gravatt will host Morningside in round 15 for their annual Ferg Reid Memorial Day when the Vultures pay tribute to their mate who lost his battle with cancer, while Morningside will also have an eye on round 7 when they come up against Sandgate, who booted them out of finals contention in 2016.
2017 QAFL Fixture Highlights
· Four games across three days in round 1
· ANZAC Day eve clash between Wilston Grange and Sandgate on April 24
· 2016 Grand final rematch in round 2
· Nathan Clarke coaching against the Magpies in round 3
· QAFL game to be played in Toowoomba in round 6
· Local rivalry round, round 11
· QClash 13 lead in, round 16
The full 2017 QAFL fixture can be viewed here: QAFL-2017-Fixture