The Richmond Tigers will enter the 2018 season as reigning premiers, but there’s plenty of reason for optimism among the league’s other teams, which is why the AFL Pre Season is a highly anticipated event, and you can watch every match on a standard or HD TV, or stream the games live to a mobile device with a Free trial.
2018 AFL JLT Series Pre-season Preview
The 2018 edition of the JLT Series will consist of four weeks of trial games for teams to get their players into gear for the proper season. It will go across sixteen days, from Feb 24-March 11, with 18 games to be played, meaning each side will get two matches, not three, with the reasoning behind that being that the teams will get that extra hit out via the inaugural staging of the AFLX fast-paced footy. The clubs will use the preseason games to develop new strategies and choose their best twenty-two for the regular premiership, as we saw last year with the Richmond Tigers, who continued their momentum into the season and clinched their first Grand Final victory since 1980.
Might only be a pre-season competition, but we will still see some rivalries across the two weeks, firstly on Friday March 9 when the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Sydney Swans battle it out at Blacktown International Sportspark, the real heart land of the Giants. They have bowed out in the Preliminary Finals the last two years in the AFL, so you’d like to think that coach Leon Cameron and his side will want to make a statement as early as possible, and what better than against their rivals, who really don’t treat these games with much importance but it is against GWS, so there will be a bit of feeling.
The other key rivalry comes a day later at Alberton Oval when Port Adelaide and Adelaide square off. 2018 is a huge year for both South Australian clubs. Port Adelaide bowed out in the first week of the finals via a goal after the siren in extra time, the most heartbreaking way to end a season. They were building nicely and were threatening. As for the Crows, they were considered the best team all year but in the Grand Final, they were embarrassed by Richmond. 2018 is all about redemption for Adelaide.
AFL JLT Series Week 3 Live TV Times (AEDTT)
Wed 7 March: Richmond vs N. Melbourne at 7.05pm
Thu 8 March: Melbourne vs St Kilda at 7.05pm
Fri 9 March: Sydney vs GWS at 7.35pm
Sat 10 March: Collingwood vs Western at 1.05pm
Sat 10 March: Port Adelaide vs Adelaide at 4.05pm
Sat 10 March: Hawthorn vs Carlton at 7.05pm
Sun 11 March: Geelong vs Essendon at 1.05pm
Sun 11 March: Gold Coast vs Brisbane at 4.05pm
Sun 11 March: Fremantle vs West Coast at 7.05pm
Matches shown as Sydney time on Fox Footy, see the complete AFL Pre Season schedule at page bottom. The JLT Community Series on Free to Air TV is not available in Australia.
AFL Pre Season Live Streaming and a Free Trial
You won’t find Free to Air AFL Pre Season telecasts, but Fox Footy will provide complete Live coverage with no ad-breaks during play, to include watching the AFL live online and match replays through-out the week so you can enjoy the excitement no matter your schedule, along with every game of the 2018 AFL Premiership season before the Grand Final starting March 22.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Play’s 2 week Free TV offer, which will telecast this exciting action and other popular sports online*, as well as offering live AFL JLT Series streaming to eligible mobile devices (PC & Mac excluded) through Foxtel Go within minutes of getting started.
AFL JLT Series – Week 1 LIVE TV (AEDT)
Sat Feb 24: N. Melbourne vs Melbourne at 2.05pm
Sat Feb 24: Essendon vs Richmond at 4.35pm
Sun Feb 25: Adelaide vs Fremantle at 2.05pm
Sun Feb 25: West Coast vs Port Adelaide at 6.35pm
AFL JLT Series – Week 2 LIVE TV (AEDT)
Wed 28 Feb: Carlton vs St Kilda at 7.10pm
Thu 1 March: GWS vs Collingwood at 7.10pm
Sat 3 March: Western vs Hawthorn at 2.05pm
Sat 3 March: Brisbane vs Sydney at 4.35pm
Sun 4 March: Gold Coast vs Geelong at 4.35pm