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Split round to open 2013 AFL season

Update – Rd 1 fixture released! The first round of the 2013 fixture has been released on the AFL website and in that there are some big ramifications. It will be played over two weekends meaning we will have a split round to kick off the season. But maybe we’ll be looking at something a little different!

The AFL have announced that the first round of 2013 will be over two weekends starting on Friday March 22 and (most likely) concluding on Easter Monday, April 1. This will be huge for how we play AFL Dream Team.

One option is that we have a split round partial lockout – locking out Friday night for the first part of the round and then opening back up to make changes for the second weekend… however I think Virtual Sports could get a bit more fancy with it!

I propose that we have a rolling lockout for the whole of the first round. I hate the idea of a rolling lockout as it will make the game very high maintenance but with games on (at least) Friday and Saturday of one weekend, a Thursday night game and then no game until Easter Saturday and not concluding until the Monday, then we’re going to have a good opportunity to get our teams in a good state right from the get go.

STOP PRESS: The complete fixture has been released for Round 1. Here it is now.

ROUND 1, 2013

Friday, March 22
Adelaide v Essendon at AAMI Stadium

Saturday, March 23
Fremantle v West Coast at Patersons Stadium

Thursday, March 28
Carlton v Richmond at the MCG

Saturday, March 30
Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium
Gold Coast v St Kilda at Metricon Stadium
Greater Western Sydney v Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium

Sunday, March 31
Melbourne v Port Adelaide at the MCG
North Melbourne v Collingwood at Etihad Stadium

Monday, April 1
Hawthorn v Geelong at the MCG


Stay tuned to DT Talk for more fixture analysis when it is release towards the end of October.


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    October 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    For Fudge sakes why is it a split round? Top idea, AFL.

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      October 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Good that we have Essendon and Adelaide to start the round. We can see whether Daniher and Crouch are playing or not.

  2. Brak


    October 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Starting to sound hard already so this will really hurt DT & SC, will expect number down by 20% because people can’t easily pick a team.

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    Your Hero

    October 15, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    This is a disgraceful decision by the AFL. Why wouldnt they just have a a split round mid year and have no byes… I will tell you why.. because the AFL is run by absolute clowns.. That’s why..

    • Warnie


      October 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      It’s all about TV… and ultimately money I’m thinking.

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        Your Hero

        October 15, 2012 at 11:49 pm

        I think you need to personally intervene with the AFL Warnie! For Dream Teams sake, lol. This is going to make it difficult to select rookies from the second week of round one with the risk of not knowing if they are playing. Surely VS are going to make round 1 a bye and let changes be made to our sides until round 2.. Otherwise it is going to be impossible to select the right rookies to start.. Unless we stack them with adelaide, essendon, freo, eagles and the other teams that will play first week, with their rookies. This will eff up dream team for 2013 i reckon…

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          The x Factor

          October 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

          did you hear what warnie said in the article?????

          There will either be a partial lockout so we can do our teams over both weekends…


          There will be a rolling lockout… See how that works? You’ll still be able to pick players after the first week!!!

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            October 16, 2012 at 11:02 am

            That is true X, but if you are looking at a rookie from richmond, there is no guarentee that he will be named. Therefore will need to look at teams from the first week as at least you will have a named team to pick from. I think that a split round in the first week for DT and SC is crap.

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    October 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

    A rolling lockout would be great for a Captain Loophole. With options like Watson, Stanton, Thompson and Dangerfield, it could be very interesting.

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      October 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      won’t work

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      October 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      unless you have a geelong/hawks captain but not likely

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      The x Factor

      October 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      If there was a rolling lockout you could pick from any team BEFORE your ‘real’ captain plays. could be quite good.

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    October 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

  6. Warnie


    October 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Some more fixture news through.

    Apart from Round 1 (Rich v Carl) & ANZAC Day (2 games), there is only one other Thursday game with a partial lockout.

    There will be two Monday games to cause some dramas with final 22s not known before lockout in Rd 7 & Rd 10.

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    October 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    why don’t VS just do lockouts like the NFL Fantasy team do?

    just lock out players when their game starts, every game, every round.

    you can edit your team right up until the players in question start playing.

    no last minute subs you didnt know about. you know exactly what the teamsheets are.

    would make life so much easier

    • Warnie


      October 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      Yeah, for the small percentage that can do that. I am addicted to this game, but I would hate to be disadvantaged throught actually having a life at the starting times of most of the games each weekend.

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