Cats face North, Saints and Power

Mark Blicavs against North Melbourne last year. (Marcel Berens)

By Luke Voogt

Geelong will take on West Coast, North Melbourne, St Kilda and Port Adelaide in four rounds featuring 20 consecutive days of AFL football.

AFL clubs and broadcasting general manager Travis Auld on Tuesday night announced the fixture block with matches every day from July 29 to August 17.

“Unprecedented times deliver us an unprecedented fixture for the next block of games,” he said.

“This is giving fans a unique opportunity to watch footy in a way we couldn’t normally produce.”

Geelong Cats will take on West Coast at Optus Stadium at 8.10pm AEST on Saturday August 1, after next Monday’s game against Fremantle.

The Cats will then travel Brisbane to face North Melbourne, St Kilda and Port Adelaide for rounds 10, 11 and 12, with two four-day breaks in the 33-match block.

Cats defender Mark Blicavs, who comes from an Olympic basketball family, told a press conference on Tuesday he looked forward to the NBA-style fixture.

“I enjoy playing,” he said.

“I’m trying to picture it more as an NBA model where they play two to three weeks times a week, and it’s all recovery-based, and they just get out there and play.”

Geelong Cats rounds 9-12

Round 9

West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium, Saturday, August 1 at 8.10pm.

Round 10

North Melbourne at The Gabba, Wednesday, August 5 at 5.40pm

Round 11

St Kilda at The Gabba, Monday, August 10 at 6.10pm

Round 12

Port Adelaide at The Gabba, Friday, August 14 at 7.50pm

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