The Hawks’ first journey to Canberra in a Friday night time showdown on August 9 will spherical out the motion in Canberra within the eighth season of a 10-year take care of the ACT authorities.
The Giants have gained their previous 9 video games in a row at Manuka Oval and the membership has began negotiations about extending their partnership with the federal government.
Giants boss David Matthews stated: “Canberra is actually a house for us and we’re happy to as soon as once more carry firstclass sporting occasions to the nation’s capital for the eighth yr in a row.
“There’s little question that the Hawks are one of many best groups of the final decade and to have them come to city for a Friday night time fixture is a superb consequence for the Canberra neighborhood.
“We’re thrilled to open the season with the return of the Dockers and one other Victorian membership within the Saints.
“These video games mixed with a pre-season Neighborhood Sequence match and AFLW fixture, provides our Canberra-based followers the chance to observe quite a few totally different golf equipment throughout all the yr.
“We get pleasure from nice crowds and the help of passionate and vocal members and followers within the nation’s capital and we anticipate that to solely enhance subsequent season.
“Having gained our final 9 AFL video games on the venue it’s clear our gamers love taking part in house video games at [Manuka Oval].”
Steele and Bruce each began their AFL careers on the Giants earlier than transferring to St Kilda for an opportunity to safe extra sport time.
Steele, 22, performed 21 video games for St Kilda this yr after making his debut for the Giants three years in the past.
Bruce battled accidents this yr, compelled out for an prolonged interval with a again harm after which fracturing his fibula when he returned to coaching.
The Saints recruited defender Austin this yr to hyperlink along with his finest mate, Steele, however he performed simply seven video games in his first yr on the membership.
The Giants may also play towards the Adelaide Crows in a pre-season match in Canberra on March eight and an AFLW contest towards Geelong on March 15.
GWS GIANTS IN CANBERRA
April 20: GWS Giants v Fremantle Dockers at Manuka Oval, 1.45pm.
Could four: GWS Giants v St Kilda at Manuka Oval, 1.45pm.
August 9: GWS Giants v Hawthorn Hawks at Manuka Oval, 7.50pm.
Chris Dutton is the sports activities editor at The Canberra Occasions.