The UWS GIANTS will kick off their 2014 NEAFL campaign against NT Thunder in Darwin.

The NEAFL fixture was released on Friday and 2014 will be the first year the revised 14-team competition will play on a single ladder and finals series system.

The season will commence on March 29 and consist of 21 rounds played over 22 weeks, with each club playing 18 matches.

After making the semi-finals in 2013, the UWS GIANTS will open the season against NT Thunder under lights at Darwin’s TIO Stadium on March 29.

They will then play at home for the first time against the Sydney Swans reserves as a curtain-raiser to the senior side’s clash with Melbourne at GIANTS Stadium on April 6.

The UWS GIANTS will also travel to Wagga Wagga to host Ainslie at Robertson Oval in Round 6.

Across the season the UWS GIANTS will play five matches as curtain-raisers to the senior side’s games at GIANTS Stadium, before the games against Melbourne, Essendon, Adelaide, Geelong and Collingwood.

They will play the Sydney Swans reserves at the SCG on June 28 ahead of the second Sydney Derby for the year.

The UWS GIANTS will also play two matches at Blacktown International Sportspark and three games in Canberra.

The NEAFL Grand Final will be played on the weekend of September 13/14, coinciding with Week Two of the 2014 Toyota AFL Finals Series.

GIANTS CEO David Matthews welcomed the release of the fixture.

"We're pleased that AFL fans will be able to once again see the UWS GIANTS across NSW and the ACT in 2014," he said.

"As well as Blacktown International Sportspark, StarTrack Oval Canberra and Wagga, fans will also be able to watch the team play a number curtain raisers to senior games at GIANTS Stadium."
National AFL Second Tier Manager Simon Laughton said the revised format would create positive opportunities for players and clubs across the league.
“We’re working to enhance the talent pathways for talented players in the northern states, and we’re proud to see that this league provides local players with the chance to play top quality football around New South Wales, the ACT, Queensland and in the Northern Territory,” Laughton said.
“We are committed to ensuring that the NEAFL competition is strong and robust, and this year’s streamlined format will ensure that matches are competitive and challenging in every round.”

UWS GIANTS 2014 Fixture

129 MarchNT ThunderTIO Stadium7.00pm
26 AprilSydney Swans reservesGIANTS Stadium9.30am
312 AprilBelconnenKippax Oval12.00pm
526 AprilGold Coast reservesMetricon9.50am
63 MayAinslieRobertson Oval12.00pm
79 MaySydney Swans reservesANZ Stadium4.10pm
925 MayGold Coast reservesMetricon11.30am
101 JuneEastlakeStarTrack Oval, Canberra12.00pm
117 JuneNT ThunderGIANTS Stadium4.00pm
1214 JuneBrisbane Lions reservesCoorparoo1.30pm
1328 JuneSydney Swans reservesSCG4.00pm
145 JulyBrisbane Lions reservesGIANTS Stadium10.30am
1513 JulyGold Coast reservesBISP12.00pm
1619 JulySydney UniversityGIANTS Stadium4.00pm
182 AugustHills EaglesBISP12.00pm
199 AugustQueanbeyanDairy Farmers Park10.00am
2016 AugustSydney Swans reservesSCG10.00am
2123 AugustBrisbane Lions reservesGIANTS Stadium1.00pm