The 2015 AFL fixture was released today, and even though the 2014 season only wrapped up four weeks ago, we’re already looking forward to a cracking season of footy next year.
We’ve taken a good look through the fixture, and like what we’re seeing across the board for AFL fans and for our publisher network.
All the big blockbusters will be back next year, with Richmond and Carlton kicking off the season in their traditional Thursday night fixture, while Hawthorn and Geelong will go head to head on Easter Monday.
Our favourite part of the fixture for next year is the scrapping on the 4.40pm Sunday twilight fixture, which often had us ruined for the working week, as well as losing the NFL copycat Monday night games which made getting out of bed on a Tuesday morning even harder.
Our Kiwi Managing Director James Spinks is also looking forward to St Kilda returning to Wellington’s Westpac Stadium to take on the Blues on ANZAC Day, while we can expect most footy fans are very excited for the return of the Saturday afternoon blockbuster.
For the Interplay network, all of our AFL publishers are getting right into the new fixture and are already working on new innovative ways to bring digital into the AFL experience, particularly across the areas on fantasy football.
Three of our fantasy publishers Les Wales from TooSerious.net, Paul Montgomery at fanfooty.com.au and Adam ‘Warnie’ Child from Dreamteamtalk.com are all working closely with Interplay to create a great experience for punters in 2015.
“This is a positive fixture for most teams, with a return to Saturday arvo footy proving a big hit with the fans,” says Too Serious’ Wales. “Stepping away from Sunday twilight games will make us fantasy fans happy with sensible lockout times for all.”
Fan Footy’s ‘Monty’ also highlighted the importance of the scrapping of Monday night and Sunday twilight games for fantasy players.
“It’s great that the AFL has taken note of what the fans have been saying in regards to the 2014 fixture,” said ‘Monty’. “Sunday twilight made things much tougher for thousands of fantasy players and having that gone means we can play around with some of our ideas and content next year.”
The fixture release also means fantasy coaches can start planning for next year according to DT Talk’s ‘Warnie’.
“The fixture is exciting for us so we can start thinking about which teams to choose players from depending on their starts to the season and where the bye falls. We’re already starting to analyse the fixture on the blog which has been really exciting for keen fantasy coaches.”
Stay tuned to the Interplay network over the coming months as more is revealed about what we have planned for the 2015 AFL season.