Easter Monday coincides with Round 2. No indication from AFL house that Easter Monday Hawks v Cats is going away. If that is the case, we will play 2 games in a row at the MCG. What makes you think we will play round 3 v the Gold Coast up there? They can't play any home games until June, and they've confirmed their 4 "away" home games v North in Cairns, Freo in Perth, Melbourne at the Gabba and Port in Shanghai.
Only one interstate team of note there so we'll obviously have to play a fair few of the others at KP (to make up our home games quota without offending the sensibilities of the 'big' Victorian clubs).
Playing the Dees at the 'G is obviously a good test and I don't see that the Hawkers are certainties to be appreciably better next year.
The yellow and black obliterated us in the QF but they still seem eminently gettable to me. Certainly not a class above, so if we can match their intent and manic pressure game, we have to stand a reasonable chance against them on both occasions.
And as for the Suns, playing them twice is no nightmare. I am not very bullish about their chances in '18 at all.
Will wait and see how it pans out but those five double-ups sound fine to me, considering we finished third again in '17.