23rd March, 2021
Football is more than a weekend pastime.
It's a passion that encapsulates time with every goal your team kicks.
Football is back with the first round of the 2021 AFL season done and dusted, crowds and teams returned for a drama filled opening round setting up what looks to be a highly entertaining season for the remaining 2021 AFL fixture.
What better way to make sure you don't miss a second of the action and celebrate the occasion with an iconic and rare official licensed 2021 AFL Luxe season team watch?
If you're a die-hard footy fan, make sure you don't miss our 2021 AFL Luxe Premiership Season Watches.
Our collection of AFL 2020 season watches sold out within minutes, and this year we have upgraded the design to a premium luxe version. But you don't have to miss out on the opportunity to own one of these limited pieces of history again.
All You Need to Know About the AFL 2021 Season at a Glance
What date does the AFL season start in 2021?
When is the grand final of the AFL season?
Saturday, September 25
How long is the 2021 footy season?
23 weeks (Home and Away)
How long will AFL games be in 2021?
4 x 20 minute quarters
About the AFL, the Teams, and Uncle Jack’s Iconic Watches
“In the winter of 1858 students from Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar competed against each other in several games of football. These matches are credited as the first organised games of Australian Rules football.” The Australian Museum.
And the rest, as they say, is AFL history.
Now you can own a unique part of your AFL team’s history as it plays out. Why not celebrate the 125th season of the AFL Premiership Season with a fashionable and limited edition team watch from Uncle Jack Watches?
Let's get down to facts and figures according to the AFL fixture for the 2021 season.
We'll take a look at each team as the head into what looks to be a return to a normal AFL season in 2021.
The Adelaide Crows are now the youngest team going into the 2021 season with an average age of just 23.7 years. However in Round 1, we saw these young men's brilliant performance defeating the highly fancied Geelong Cats in front of their home crowd at Adelaide Oval in a huge upset. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season unfolds for the young Crows.
The Brisbane Lions enter season 2021 ranked 15th for their average age at 23.9 years. Although they made the preliminary final in the 2020 season and signed up former Essendon star Joe Daniher, they still rank 12th for experience which indicates the future looks bright in Brisbane.
However in Round 1, the Brisbane Lions fell short at home to the Sydney Swans at the Gabba. Despite this disappointment, we're excited to follow this young team’s journey this season as they aim to go one better and make their first grand final since 2004.
The Carlton Blues start another season with an youthful tag attached to them and with an average age of 24.3 years you can see why. However, this year much more is expected out of the boys from Ikon Park. In Round 1, Carlton impressed despite going down to the reigning Premiers Richmond in the season opener at the MCG, pushing the Tigers all the way. It is clear Carlton will be a team to watch in 2021.
Collingwood is shaped to be one of the most interesting teams heading into the 2021 AFL Season after a disastrous off season seeing stars such as Adam Treloar and long time president Eddie McGuire leave the club. The pressure seemed too much in Round 1 against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG as Treloar and his new side ran away with a comfortable win. Nathan Buckley and his side will want to turn their form around quickly as the scrutiny begins to mount.
The Essendon Bombers enter the 2021 season with claims that they've worked hard to improve their team culture in the off season. They're confident that the renewed approach and game plan under coach Ben Rutten will be enough to improve greatly on a disappointing 2020 season despite key departures, as well as the pressure of retaining restricted free agent Zach Merret, their best midfielder.
Their first-round game against arch rival Hawthorn at Marvel Stadium on Saturday started brilliantly with a 39 point halftime lead only to be overrun in the second half and ultimately lose by a point which would have been a bitter pill to swallow for Ben Rutten and his men. The upcoming fixture doesn't get any easier so Essendon must start putting in four quarter efforts from now on.
This young Fremantle Dockers team, with an average age of just 23.9 years, is hopeful that they can continue the steady improvement we saw last year in 2020 under new coach Justin Longmuir.
Despite the unfortunate injury to Rory Lobb who will be in a knee brace for the first six rounds of the AFL season and a poor performance in the round one game against the Melbourne Demons at the MCG, there is still a lot of upside for this team in season 2021.
The Geelong Cats have an average team age of 25.3 years and count as one of the older AFL contenders with nine players over 30. Geelong have unparalleled experience heading into the season, adding Jeremey Cameron, Issac Smith and Shaun Higgings to their list in the off season. Despite this Geelong were overpowered by the youngest team in the competition in the Adelaide Crows at Adelaide Oval in Round 1.
With an injured hamstring to star recruit Jeremey Cameron and champion Patrick Dangerfield looking down the barrel at a suspension for a head clash, Geelong would want to get their season back on track starting this week.
GOLD COAST SUNS
The Gold Coast Suns' have assembled a supremely talented yet still remarkably young playing list heading into 2021 with an average age of just 23.7 years. An inspiring and motivational Zoom call from tennis all-time great Novak Djokovic will have the boys from the sunshine state fired up and who knows how far they can go this season.
However, with rising superstar Matt Rowell going down injured again in Round 1 against the West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium on Sunday, things looked bleak. That didn’t stop the Suns putting a huge fight against a top quality team on their home ground in a very impressive display. Don't miss a minute of the action all the way to Round 23 while wearing your limited edition official Gold Coast Sun’s watch as they continue their rise from easy beats to contender.
The GWS Giants had a very disappointing 2020 season and will be looking to bounce back in season 2021, despite losing superstar Jeremy Cameron to Geelong. Whilst still containing a supremely talented list, their first game against St Kilda didn’t go as planned at Giants Stadium on Sunday, with the Saints prevailing in a seesawing contest.
Hawks fans will hope young Jacob Koschitzke and Harry Morrison's pre-season performances against North Melbourne are setting the Hawk's trend for the 2021 AFL season. The team clocks in with an average age of 24.6 years and appear to be in rebuild mode, however, under all time great coach Alistair Clarkson anything is possible.
It appeared to be a case of Clarkson’s genius in Round 1 which saw Hawthorn chase down a 39 point halftime deficit in a magnificent second half display against bitter rivals Essendon at Marvel Stadium.
The Melbourne Demons had a pre-season scare when their crucial defender, Steven May, sustained a mild concussion. However, Demon fans had nothing to worry about as May played brilliantly in their comfortable Round 1 win against Fremantle at the MCG on Saturday.
The boys in red and blue remain confident that season 2021 will see them rise back up the ladder much like they did in 2018.
North Melbourne is the most inexperienced team heading into the 2021 season and have the second youngest list with an average age of just 23.8 years. Despite the lack of games under the belt, adding some top draft picks and astute trading landing Jaidyn Stephenson, we are sure to see a new but determined North Melbourne in season 2021 under new coach David Noble, exemplifying the true shinboner spirit.
In Round 1, North Melbourne had the enormous task against Port Adelaide at Marvel Stadium on Sunday and whilst they came up short there was a lot to like from the Kangaroos going forward for the rest of 2021, especially star recruit Jaidyn Stephenson’s game in the midfield.
Don't miss a minute of the action and support North Melbourne in full gear including wearing your incredible Kangaroo’s team watch.
As Darcy Byrne-Jones recently shared, Port Adelaide’s close call with a victory last year has charged the team up emotionally with an even bigger hunger to get into the Grand Final this year. The 2021 AFL Port Adelaide team has an average age of 24.4 years and looks primed for another assault of the flag in season 2021.
This was evident in the Round 1 North Melbourne v Port Adelaide game at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, in which the Power were far too strong and made a statement to the rest of the competition for season 2021.
The now traditional Richmond v Carlton season opening game at the MCG on Thursday, March 18, was iconic for more than one reason. It is not only their Norm Smith Medal winning Premiership hero Dustin Martin’s 10th year at his beloved Tigers, but the unveiling of their two most recent Premiership flags. The Tigers, and Martin in particular, rose to the occasion despite a strong performance from the Blues who came to win.
You shouldn't miss the opportunity to own a piece of this iconic landmark game for the star player and his team by sporting their official team watch proudly as they pursue a fourth Premiership flag in five years.
The St Kilda Saints ran out onto Giants Stadium on Sunday, March 21, to face off against the rebounding Greater Western Sydney team. With both clubs eyeing off a much higher position on the ladder come season's end despite very different 2020 campaigns, the Saints emerged victorious in a very hard fought contest demonstrating the resolve developed under coach Brett Ratten that will have them in good stead for the remainder of season 2021.
Also, the Saints launched their social responsibility initiative, Time 2 Talk, on Thursday. The proud Spud Game aims to fight mental health issues within its communities as a tribute to St Kilda great Danny Frawley which is a brilliant initiative.
According to all rival team captains, the Sydney Swans enter the 2021 AFL season as one of the underdogs with no other captain picking them to make the finals. However, co-captain Josh Kennedy says it's all the motivation the team needs to prove the competition wrong.
And in Round 1 the Sydney Swans did just that against Brisbane Lions on Saturday, outplaying the highly fancied Lions on their home deck.
This year, with two new top five draft picks, an injury-free team including Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin returning in Round 2, the Sydney Swans have a superb opportunity to go much further than they did in 2020.
WEST COAST EAGLES
The West Coast Eagles are an experienced and battle ready team who were waiting to meet the young but hungry and talented Gold Coast Sun at Optus Stadium on Sunday, coming out and booting the first three goals in quick succession. However, the young Gold Coast side challenged the Eagles from then on and West Coast had to use all of that mentioned experience to overcome a lucky Suns outfit.
West Coast will do all they can and are determined to go all the way this season to replicate their 2018 heroics and win another Grand Final.
You can show support to your team by wearing the elegant blue and gold squad watch as they get ready to tackle the Gold Coast Suns in pursuit of their 5th AFL Premiership.
Former Western Bulldogs captain Easton Wood has made it clear he believes 2021 is the year his team will get back to their 2016 Premiership winning best, and that started in Round 1 when the Western Bulldogs defeated Collingwood at the MCG on Friday night’s blockbuster.
Easton can be seen wearing the amazing Uncle Jack Official AFL 2021 Luxe Western Bulldogs watch below.
Follow in the footsteps of AFL stars such as Brandon Ellis, Brad Hill, Dyson Heppell and Daniel Rioli by sporting your limited edition 2021 AFL season team watch.
Make sure to kick off the 2021 AFL season with your team on time, every time. Uncle Jack's range of premium luxe and sleek official AFL watches is precisely what you need to carry a piece of footy history with you forever.
If your team makes it to the grand final this AFL Premiership season which is back again at its spiritual home of the MCG, your limited edition timepiece will soon become a cherished piece of memorabilia to treasure.
As always, Uncle Jack will have our annual, ultra exclusive, limited edition Premiership watch for the winners of the AFL 2021 Grand Final, be sure to check it out on the last Saturday in September.
This year Uncle Jack has free premium tickets to selected games to giveaway. Be sure to follow our socials @unclejackwatches to learn how to you could be a lucky winner.