Even though it’s the balls-end of October, footy never stops. It never, ever stops. And today marks the release of the 2020 AFL men’s fixture, meaning there’s now a definitive date for when men’s top-flight football will return (March 19th, circle the calendar). While some of you might be spending time pouring over who has the on-paper easiest run through the season (Fremantle) and who has the toughest (West Coast), the social media departments at the 18 clubs have been spending their time coming up with creative ways to roast each other.
As is now apparently tradition, the individual clubs have used today’s roster reveal to put up creative and wildly good fixture reveal videos that are as creative as they are incredibly funny.
Cop a squiz at them all below, would you.
There’s the Adelaide Crows one, which went full-on gen-one Game Boy in a bid to catch ’em all.
— Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) October 31, 2019
Brisbane chose to go with various movie and TV references in a fairly robotic effort.
The Lions 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣ fixture is brought to you by the Internet ???????? pic.twitter.com/d8hlROFmJt
— Brisbane Lions (@brisbanelions) October 31, 2019
Carlton took a lovely stroll out to the airport to read their 2020 departure board out.
???? PSA: Our 2020 AFL fixture has landed, via @VirginAustralia. ✈️
— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) October 31, 2019
Collingwood‘s reveal was a real post about nothing.
The fixture’s out, Jerry, and I’m loving every minute. pic.twitter.com/gKwTXRnHOu
— Collingwood FC (@CollingwoodFC) October 31, 2019
Essendon took their symbolism to slyly shady levels.
Yes, we drove two hours to buy a toy hovercraft.
Our ???????????????? ????????????????????ℝ???? is here ???? pic.twitter.com/AhbsEc3WN0
— Essendon FC (@essendonfc) October 31, 2019
Fremantle did a godforsaken gender reveal for theirs, which feels like a personal attack.
Here's what we're expecting for 2020! ????????
— Fremantle Dockers (@freodockers) October 31, 2019
Geelong, almost predictably, realised that TV is 200 channels and nothin’ but cats.
— Geelong Cats (@GeelongCats) October 31, 2019
Gold Coast loaded up on coins and marched on down to the arcade for their Pac-Man reveal.
Our 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season Fixture has loaded…#ChallengeAccepted
— Gold Coast Suns (@GoldCoastSUNS) October 31, 2019
The GWS Giants got lost down a YouTube hole and only emerged somewhere around Round 23.
So we were searching YouTube for #bigbigsound memes and then came across this … ????
— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) October 31, 2019
Hawthorn also did a gender reveal, which is just really bloody embarrassing for them.
SURPRISE! The 2020 season is due March 22nd. ????
— Hawthorn FC (@HawthornFC) October 31, 2019
Melbourne went full-Tinder for theirs, which is really funny when you read it like they’re picking which games they think they can win and which ones they’re gonna get smashed in.
You have 22 new matches, red + blue. ???? pic.twitter.com/JMVfiUorZS
— Melbourne FC (@melbournefc) October 31, 2019
North Melbourne went down the movies-route as well, although theirs had a hell of a lot more bells and whistles than Brisbane’s effort.
???? The moment you've all been waiting for.
2020. In stadiums March 22. pic.twitter.com/n7LyZpnlDd
— North Melbourne (@NMFCOfficial) October 31, 2019
Port Adelaide slapped together a lovely PowerPoint presentation, complete with transitions, that honestly might be the best of the lot.
The boss: How is the fixture launch video tracking?
Us: Great! We've got special effects, bells and whistles, it will blow other clubs out of the water. It will be ready by Friday.
The boss: The fixture is being announced in 10 minutes…
— Port Adelaide FC (@PAFC) October 31, 2019
Reigning premiers Richmond went to Springfield for theirs, because it’s a hell of a town.
Who are we? The Wildcats! Who are we gonna beat? The Wildcats!
2020, woo hoo! ???? pic.twitter.com/u08upabljk
— Richmond FC ???? (@Richmond_FC) October 31, 2019
Sydney is probably the only one aware that the fixture was being released on Halloween, and went down the Spooky Route.
— Sydney Swans (@sydneyswans) October 31, 2019
And the Western Bulldogs straight up slid into the DMs of 17 other clubs to get theirs done.
— Western Bulldogs (@westernbulldogs) October 31, 2019
Neither St Kilda or the West Coast Eagles produced videos for their fixture reveal, because someone has to be the kid in school uniform on plain clothes day.Image: Getty Images / Michael Dodge