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2024 Gather Round arrives: A Guide to the fixtures, must-see games & tickets


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Get ready to gather ’round Adelaide again AFL fans; the league’s biggest regular season event for 2024.

After a wildly successful inaugural running, the AFL’s Gather Round is returning to South Australia for another year, with all 18 teams set to play in the four-day ‘festival of footy’ across three grounds.

The Round 4 slate of games will be headlined by the matchups of old rivals and the reunion of old foes, with the pressure dial already ramping up on a number of teams still searching for wins to kickstart their campaigns.

Running from the Thursday night clash, featuring hometown team the Crows, right through to Sunday afternoon, there will be no shortage of action across Adelaide throughout the weekend.

Once again, a few games will move away from the Adelaide Oval — with action also in the city’s east and in the Hills.

So here’s the lowdown for the AFL’s 2024 Gather Round.

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New AFL CEO Andrew Dillon took over from Gil McLachlan on October 2, 2023.

2024 AFL Gather Round details

Here’s the AFL’s full event schedule.

When is it?

Round 4 | April 4-7

The footy festival will take place in early April, once again the weekend after the Easter long weekend. It’s also the weekend before school holidays – in most parts of the country – which means parents have been asked to get creative with any planning that involves kids.

Only a week earlier than 2023 (date-wise), the league seems interested in keeping this concept reasonably early into the season.

Where is Gather Round?

Adelaide, South Australia

Once again, it’ll be held in Adelaide across three venues — the same grounds as last year.

Norwood Oval, in the city’s east, has had to give up a game from last year to Mount Barker — so the two smaller grounds host an equal amount of matches this time around.

Here’s the breakdown of games played at each venue for the AFL Gather Round 2024:

5 – Adelaide Oval

2 – Norwood Oval

2 – Adelaide Hills, Mt Barker

2024 Gather Round games and fixture

As per usual, all 18 teams will feature in the AFL’s Gather Round, with hometown teams the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power getting their own primetime slots at the start of the weekend. This decision relates to the expectation of interstate visitors planning trips over the main part of the weekend.

The ‘home’ teams appear first.

Thursday April 4

Adelaide Crows vs Melbourne Demons, Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm

Friday April 5

Brisbane Lions vs North Melbourne Kangaroos, Norwood Oval, 4:40pm

Port Adelaide Power vs Essendon Bombers, Adelaide Oval, 7:40pm

Saturday April 6

West Coast Eagles vs Sydney Swans, Adelaide Hills – Mount Barker, 1pm

Fremantle Dockers vs Carlton Blues, Adelaide Oval, 3:50pm

Western Bulldogs vs Geelong Cats, Adelaide Oval, 7:40pm

Sunday April 7

Gold Coast Suns vs GWS Giants, Adelaide Hills – Mount Barker, 12pm

Richmond Tigers vs St. Kilda Saints, Norwood Oval, 2:50pm

Collingwood Magpies vs Hawthorn Hawks, Adelaide Oval, 4:40pm

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Let’s all ride into Adelaide for Gather Round

Gather Round tickets

Find tickets via the AFL website

The AFL will continue its previous policy from the inaugural AFL Gather Round, allowing all club members free access to their team’s game.

What are the must-see games for this year’s Gather Round?

Collingwood v Hawthorn

Headlining the jam-packed four-day ‘festival of footy’ is the final game of the weekend between Collingwood and Hawthorn, when former premiership-winning Magpie Jack Ginnivan faces his old side.

Going down as arguably the biggest trade of the AFL Trade Period this offseason, Ginnivan made the move to his childhood club and will look to back up his new club’s previous outing against Collingwood in round 21 last season where the Hawks stunned the Pies in an upset.

It just so happens the polarising forward is firmly in the spotlight, after another series of incidents involving potential high contact in the Hawks’ Easter Monday clash with Geelong. You can be sure the crowd will be adding energy to the joint every time he goes near the ball.

Port Adelaide v Essendon

Friday night’s main game between Port Adelaide and Essendon should also be an interesting one to watch, after the off-season moves of Xavier Duursma from Port to Essendon and Brandon Zerk-Thatcher back the other way.

Jammed side-by-side in the mid-section of the AFL ladder, a huge four competition points go up for grabs in this one, as both sides attempt to stay connected to the top eight.

Sydney v West Coast

It’s also hard to look past the old rivalry of Sydney against West Coast in the Adelaide Hills; a club contest made famous by their consecutive Grand Final matchups in 2005 and 2006.

The Swans experienced their first bout of turbulence last week, suffering a shock loss to the Tigers, which will probably concern West Coast fans — Sydney will be hungry to bounce back with a vengeance before its bye.

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Geelong v Western Bulldogs

In a stand-alone Saturday nighter, this sets up as an intriguing matchup between two sides that should be competing for finals.

The Cats will play off a five-day break, which is less than ideal, as they look to keep pace with the ladder leaders.

The Dogs will most likely drop out of the eight if they’re unable to pick up a win.

What has new AFL CEO Andrew Dillon said about the Gather Round?

South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas and AFL CEOs, now Andrew Dillon but was Gillon McLachlan, have made slight changes to the 2024 schedule, looking to build on last season’s success.

Dillon was full of praises for the inaugural event, highlighting the incredible numbers surrounding it.

“We saw more than 260,000 fans attend, more than 40,000 people tracelling in from interstate and over 1,000 player appearances across local footy clubs and school,” Andrew Dillon said.

He explained that across the four-day event there will be a food and wine festival in Norwood, and a family-friendly Footy Festival in the CBD.

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