Well, it seemed like a long time coming, but it is finally here, the first bounce of the 2017 AFL season.
It will be the Carlton Blues v the Richmond Tigers, in a matter of hours.
Both clubs list MCG as their home ground, so this will be not a home-and-away game, but a home-and-home game.
At any rate, those who intend to view the 2017 AFL Toyota Premiership are advised to show up early if possible, as the opener is expected to attract 70,000 or more, so queues can be expected everywhere from the car park to the loos to the Carlton stand.
The Blues intentions are to blood two debutants, having selected Sam Petrevski-Seton and Jarrod Pickett for the senior side. Petrevski-Seton was the Blues’ first pick at number six in last year’s national draft. He has shown good fitness and form in the interchange during training and the JLT Community Series.
Pickett was the number 4 pick in the 2017 NAB AFL draft pick of the Greater Western Sydney Giants. He has finally made his way onto the seniors and is primed to prove he belongs.
Dan Butler will make his debut for the Tigers, alongside Dion Prestia, Toby Nankervis and Josh Caddy, all of whom will be playing for Richmond for the first time.