Here we go. Round 1 of the AFL kicks off this weekend – here's everything you need to know.
The Illawarra Hawks will take six of their next eight matches to the WIN Entertainment Centre in an exciting month for fans.
The Hawks currently sit just outside the top 4, with six wins this season, but have so far played very few of their games at home. They will play the Sydney Kings this Sunday (16 December) in what begins a monster run of home games. Illawarra will then take on the Perth Wildcats the following Sunday evening (23 December), before a primetime New Years Eve (31 December) clash against the Brisbane Bullets.
It continues the following Saturday afternoon (5 December) as they again face Sydney, before backing it up against the Adelaide 36ers on the Thursday (10 January), capping off a dream four home clashes in a row. The Hawks will then face the Skycity Breakers the next Friday (18 January).
Fans will be drooling at the prospect of seeing so much Hawks action live over the next month, especially with the side’s recent turn of form. Illawarra have won their past three, all on the road, against Adelaide 36ers twice and the Cairns Taipans. The Hawks last clash came down to the wire in Adelaide, with Jordair Jett nailing a buzzer beater to claim a one-point victory over the 36ers, only further intensifying the rivalry between the two clubs.
Jordair Jett seals a one-point win with a buzzer beater against the Adelaide 36ers last match.
Tickets to the Illawarra Hawks games at WIN Entertainment Centre this season can be found at Ticketmaster.com.au.