Geelong s Jimmy Bartel tackles Ryan Crowley of the Dockers in the round two clash in Perth this year
Geelong's Jimmy Bartel tackles Ryan Crowley of the Dockers in the round two clash in Perth this year

Fremantle will host reigning premiers Geelong in their opening AFL game of 2012, according to a report today.

The Herald Sun says match will take place on the Saturday night of the opening weekend.

The two sides met at Patersons Stadium in round two this year, with the Dockers' wayward kicking costing them a game they should have won.

The Dockers are already said to be lined up for an early-season clash against coach Ross Lyon's former club St Kilda in Melbourne, possibly in round two.

West Coast, meanwhile, will travel to Melbourne to play the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium in a Sunday afternoon encounter.

The report says Melbourne, North Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney and Adelaide will all get the chance to cash in by playing Greater Western Sydney twice.

The new side is expected to struggle during its first campaign and there is little doubt those five sides will all be looking at gaining the maximum eight competition points from their two meetings with GWS.

Other notable features of the draw, which is officially released on Friday, include Collingwood playing five interstate games and Carlton scoring seven Friday night .

The West Australian

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