2012 AFL Fixture to be released October 28

Looking ahead to next season, our attention can turn towards the fixture. There are no byes for us to have to think about week to week (touch wood), but there will be a few ‘partial lockouts’ that we might need to have our heads around.

The first round of AFL for 2012 is likely to be played over two weekends. This is due to Greater Western Sydney taking on Sydney in a stand alone game the weekend before the other 8 matches (yes, there are 9 in total next year with 18 teams in the competiton).

What does this mean for AFL Dream Team?

We will have a partial lockout where we will have to have our Swans and Giants players locked in before their game, while we are still able to edit the rest of our team. This will be very interesting for selecting our rookies – especially as DT will be back to 2 on the bench in each position and picking the right rookies will be more important again.

But wait… there’s more!

The second game is going to be the Thursday night battle between Richmond and Carlton. This (almost) traditional fixture brought us the Partial Lockout the last couple of seasons so we were able to see the teams on Thursday night and have all Friday to finish our teams off after locking in our Tigers and Blues. So next season, we could potentially have an extended partial lockout which we will lock in the Giants and Swans on the prior weekend, then the Tigers and Blues on the Thursday night and then full lockout on Friday.

We will learn more from Virtual Sports as the fixture is finalised.


  • Shiel, Treloar, Giles, Coniglio, Cameron all locked in from the Giants. Simple

  • Another piece of DT relevant news… the substitute rule is going to stay.

  • At least the GWS is first – the guesses that surrounded the GCS first round bye last year were frustrating!

  • Gee whiz, Giants and Tigers showing their hands for our DT picks, it couldn’t get much better than that for us. I haven’t seen any GWS DT data from the NEAFL yet, is it available anywhere?

    • Had a quick look at neafl.com.au and it’s rubbish.

      I would think we’d have to wait for the prospectus for that info.

  • there is a rumur going around that there will be partial locket for all games

  • Anybody think that this team will fit under the cap?
    If not, what do you reckon I should do?

    B.Gibbs, B.Goddard, H.Scotland,
    B.Delidio, G.Birchall, D.Connors, M.Buntine
    (J.Tynan, S.Docherty, B.Mckenzie)

    D.Swan, G.Ablett, M.Barlow
    J.Trengove, L.Hayes, S.Coniglio
    (T.Greene, D.Tyson, S.Blease)

    M.Leuenberger, A.Sandilands
    (B.Longer, J.Giles)

    L.Franklin, S.Johnson, A.Goodes
    C.Sylvia, A.Didak, J.Patton, C.Wingard
    (D.Smith, L.Casboult, M.Daw)

    • Somebody answer him please :b

    • IMO i dont think it will.. even if you take out the extra rookies that arnt meant to be in the side. DT will be cut to 30 players this year not 33.

    • Simple answer is wait till the bloody figures come out.
      Anyway, that team will change at least 100 times between now and round 1.

  • feathertopDT

    Great so we’re going to have two floggings to start the season this year instead of 1…

  • LATEST NEWS: Multi-Bye rounds are back… Round 11, 12 and 13 we will have only 6 games, meaning 6 teams will have byes. We will see what the go is with DT for next year regarding that… and try to break it first on DT TALK!

    • Nooooooooo!!!! God damn those MB rounds

    • Early days but this will be a big test for DT game organisers if true. Last year hard enough to cover three (3) team multibye rounds will eleven (11) bench players. How many bench players needed to cover six (6) team multibye round?

  • What’s shaping up nicely for the Swans is the potential for 6 or 7 byes. 2 v GWS, 2 v GCS (potentially) and 1 or 2 against PA plus a traditional bye.

    • Nice 1 Tooler!! but I’m predicting GCS to win twice the amount of games as this year – but that’s only 6….lol


  • Well the swannies faired semi ok in the draw. 2 x GWS, 1 x GC and 1 x PA. Very tough road in will determine our season, it will make or break us, at least we will be ready for finals by the end of it. I was hoping for 2 games against GC too, a bit surprised they aren’t trying to make travelling a bit easier on the eastern seaboard.

    • As a Crows supporter we hit the jackpot!! GC x 2,GWS x 2 and PA x 2. And only play 1 top 8 side from this year (cats) twice.

      • And as a crows supporter I think rory Sloane will definitely be in my dt next year, especially with our draw. Sloane killed the bottom teams this year and will only get better next year.

      • If the crows are even half decent they will push for top 4 definately top 6, I hear there’s a ticket-tape parade on in Adelaide right now in response to the draw.