Smithy’s VFL fixture update: Rounds 15 to 18 confirmed

The AFL has confirmed the fixture for Rounds 15 to 18 of the Smithy’s Victorian Football League (VFL) 2022 season.


Round 15 of the Smithy’s VFL season will commence on Friday July 1, with Brisbane Lions to host Footscray at Moreton Bay Sports Complex from 12:05pm. The match will follow the Thursday night AFL encounter between the Lions and Bulldogs at the GABBA.

Saturday’s action features four matches, starting with a clash between Essendon and Sydney Swans at Windy Hill from 10:35am. The game begins a big day for Bombers and Swans fans, whose AFL teams meet at the MCG in the afternoon.

Among the other highlights of Saturday’s games is a meeting between Frankston and Geelong under lights at Skybus Stadium from 7:05pm. 

A further four matches will be played on Sunday, beginning with Richmond and Collingwood squaring off at Swinburne Centre from 11:05am. The early start allows Tigers fans to also attend the club’s AFL match against West Coast at the MCG later in the day.

GWS Giants and Box Hill Hawks clash at Giants Stadium prior to the AFL game between the Giants and Hawthorn, while Coburg and Northern Bullants both host home matches at 2:15pm.

Three teams will have a bye in Round 15, including Carlton, Sandringham and Southport Sharks.


Round 16 kicks off with a much-anticipated Friday night match at GMHBA Stadium between Geelong and Casey Demons. The first bounce will take place at 7:05pm.

Five games are scheduled for Saturday July 9, beginning with Collingwood hosting North Melbourne at AIA Centre from 11:05am. The match will be played directly prior to the AFL clash between the Magpies and Kangaroos at the MCG.

Gold Coast Suns and Frankston meet at Metricon Stadium from 12:50pm ahead of the AFL match between the Suns and Richmond, while Port Melbourne and Carlton will clash under lights at ETU Stadium from 7:05pm.

Sandringham takes on Footscray at Trevor Barker Beach Oval from midday Sunday in the Seven Network broadcast match, while Williamstown hosts GWS Giants in the day’s only other match.

Five teams have a bye in Round 16, including Brisbane Lions, Essendon, Northern Bullants, Richmond and Sydney Swans.


Two Friday night matches will launch Round 17. Southport Sharks host Sydney Swans at Fankhauser Reserve from 7:05pm, while Frankston and Northern Bullants meet at Skybus Stadium in a battle between two of the competition’s standalone clubs.

Five games are scheduled across four timeslots on Saturday. Among the matches are North Melbourne vs Richmond at Arden Street Oval and Carlton vs Geelong at IKON Park, with both games fixtured ahead of AFL matches featuring the same clubs later in the day.

On Sunday, Port Melbourne hosts Collingwood in the Seven Network broadcast match, while Gold Coast Suns make the trip to Windy Hill to take on Essendon ahead of the AFL clash between the Suns and Bombers at Marvel Stadium.

Casey Demons, Footscray and Williamstown have a bye in Round 17.


Round 18 begins on Saturday morning when Sydney Swans host Frankston at Lakeside Oval from 10:05am

Footscray meets Casey Demons and Richmond hosts Williamstown in the two afternoon games, while Carlton and GWS Giants will clash under lights at IKON Park from 6:05pm.

Four games are also scheduled on Sunday, which includes Northern Bullants hosting Box Hill Hawks at Preston City Oval in the Seven Network broadcast match.

Sunday’s action features two games in Queensland, including a derby between Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns at Moreton Bay Sports Complex.

Five teams have a bye in Round 18, including Coburg, Collingwood, Geelong, North Melbourne and Werribee.

Fixture details for the final four rounds of the Smithy’s VFL home-and-away season, Rounds 19 to 22, will be confirmed and advised as soon as possible. For the full fixture, please go to

All matches in the 2022 Smithy’s VFL season will be live streamed via the AFL website ( and AFL Live Official App. Smithy’s VFL broadcast partner, the Seven Network, will continue to show one weekly game live and free on Channel Seven in Victoria and on 7Plus nationally.

Smithy’s VFL Round 15
Friday July 1
Brisbane Lions vs. Footscray – Moreton Bay Sports Complex, 12.05pm

Saturday July 2
Essendon vs. Sydney Swans – Windy Hill, 10.35am
Casey Demons vs. Port Melbourne – Casey Fields, 1.05pm
Werribee vs. North Melbourne – Avalon Airport Oval, 2.05pm
Frankston vs. Geelong – Skybus Stadium, 7.05pm

Sunday July 3
Richmond vs. Collingwood – Swinburne Centre, 11.05am
GWS GIANTS vs. Box Hill Hawks – GIANTS Stadium, 11.35am
Coburg vs. Gold Coast SUNS – Piranha Park, 2.15pm
Northern Bullants vs. Williamstown – Preston City Oval, 2.15pm

Byes: Carlton, Sandringham, Southport Sharks

Smithy’s VFL Round 16
Friday July 8

Geelong vs. Casey Demons – GMHBA Stadium, 7.05pm

Saturday July 9
Collingwood vs. North Melbourne – AIA Centre, 11.05am
Box Hill Hawks vs. Southport Sharks – Box Hill City Oval, 12.05pm
Gold Coast SUNS vs. Frankston – Metricon Stadium, 12.50pm
Werribee vs. Coburg – Avalon Airport Oval, 2.05pm
Port Melbourne vs. Carlton – ETU Stadium, 7.05pm

Sunday July 10
Sandringham vs. Footscray – Trevor Barker Beach Oval, 12.00pm
Williamstown vs. GWS GIANTS – Williamstown Football Ground, 1.05pm

Byes: Brisbane Lions, Essendon, Northern Bullants, Richmond, Sydney Swans

Smithy’s VFL Round 17 (TAC Road Safety Round)
Friday July 15

Southport Sharks vs. Sydney Swans – Fankhauser Reserve, 7.05pm
Frankston vs. Northern Bullants – Skybus Stadium, 7.35pm

Saturday July 16
GWS GIANTS vs. Brisbane Lions – Blacktown International Sports Park, 12.05pm
Coburg vs. Sandringham – Piranha Park, 1.05pm
North Melbourne vs. Richmond – Arden Street Oval, 2.05pm
Box Hill Hawks vs. Werribee – Box Hill City Oval, 2.05pm
Carlton vs. Geelong – IKON Park, 2.35pm

Sunday July 17
Port Melbourne vs. Collingwood – ETU Stadium, 12.00pm
Essendon vs. Gold Coast SUNS – Windy Hill, 1.05pm

Byes: Casey Demons, Footscray, Williamstown

Smithy’s VFL Round 18
Saturday July 23

Sydney Swans vs. Frankston – Lakeside Oval Sydney, 10.05am
Footscray vs. Casey Demons – VU Whitten Oval, 2.05pm
Richmond vs. Williamstown – Swinburne Centre, 2.05pm
Carlton vs. GWS GIANTS – IKON Park, 6.05pm

Sunday July 24
Northern Bullants vs. Box Hill Hawks – Preston City Oval, 12.00pm
Southport Sharks vs. Essendon – Fankhauser Reserve, 12.05pm
Brisbane Lions vs. Gold Coast SUNS – Moreton Bay Sports Complex, 1.05pm
Sandringham vs. Port Melbourne – Trevor Barker Beach Oval, 1.05pm

Byes: Coburg, Collingwood, Geelong, North Melbourne, Werribee

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