The NAB Cup , the AFL Pre- Season Football Competition , starts on Friday 17 February , 2012. First games see the Tigers , Kangaroos and Hawks, battle it out at Â Etihad Stadium . More follow up games will be played all around the country in ensuing weeks . Footy starved fans , Â will be along to see the games , wearing their football jumpers , jerseys , guernseys.
New Sydney based AFL team , Greater Western Sydney , join the AFL , making it an 18 team Competition.
Saints welcome back dynamic midfielder Lenny Hayes , after his 2011 injury caused absence .Tigers goalkicker Jack Riewoldt is fit following four operations in the off season , and Collingwood player Cameron Cloke has been stopped
for driving without a licence .