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Clarke excited by new faces in AFLX Joint senior AFLX coach Tim Clarke speaks to Carlton Media in the lead-up to Friday night's AFLX tournament at Etihad Stadium.

WITH coloured flashing goal posts, fireworks to celebrate Zooper goals and music echoing throughout Etihad Stadium, AFLX makes its way to Melbourne tonight.

Carlton’s captain for the tournament, Caleb Marchbank, will lead the Blues against Melbourne and North Melbourne in Pool A, while Hawthorn, Essendon and St Kilda battle it out in Pool B.

The winner of Pool A will clash with the victor of Pool B to determine the overall winner of the tournament.

AFLX Tournament

Carlton v Melbourne, 6:40pm
Hawthorn v Essendon, 7:08pm
North Melbourne v Carlton, 7:36
Essendon v St Kilda, 8:04pm
Melbourne v North, 8:32pm
St Kilda v Hawthorn, 9:00pm
Grand Final: 9:33pm

When: Friday 16 February
Where: Etihad Stadium, Docklands

Carlton fans will have the chance to see the Club's top recruit from the 2017 National Draft, Paddy Dow, in action tonight. (Photo: AFL Photos)

All ticket windows open at 5:00pm, alternatively you can visit

All gates open at 5:30pm

What’s on:

  • Face painting at the Club Hub
  • Handball target activation
  • Captain Carlton and Navy Nina will be there to cheer on the team
  • Merchandise and membership marquees will be located at the Club Hub on the concourse near Gate 5

Carlton Supporter Bay: 
Level 1 Aisle 39

Carpark opening:
Etihad Stadium’s Car Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with more than 2,500 undercover car parks available.

Public transport:
Southern Cross Station is located adjacent to Etihad Stadium. It is a short walk across the Bourke Street pedestrian footbridge.

Train timetable information is available from Metro Trains Melbourne on 1800 MY METRO (1800 69 63876) or on the website Metro Trains Melbourne at

City trams run to Etihad Stadium from La Trobe Street and Harbour Esplanade.

Trams also stop in the CBD on Spencer Street, Bourke Street and Collins Street and all are a short walk to Etihad Stadium.

For more information visit the PTV website.

After hitting more than 40,000 members so far in 2018, join up and be #BoundByBlue this year! Carlton’s membership marquee will be located on the concourse at the official Club Hub near Gate 5.

Young defender Caleb Marchbank will captain the Blues on Friday night. (Photo: AFL Photos)

Carlton’s merchandise marquee will be located on the concourse at the official Club Hub near Gate 5.

Ten quick facts about AFLX

  1. Played on a rectangular field (approx. 70m width x 110m length) with four posts at each end (as per a normal AFL field). Ground markings will showcase X as the centre square and 40m arcs.
  2. Two field umpires, two boundary umpires and one goal umpire at each end of the ground.
  3. Ten players per team, seven on field at all times and three on the interchange bench. No restrictions on player rotations.
  4. 10-minute quarters or halves depending on the tournament format.
  5. Free kick against for last touch out of bounds.
  6. Kick-ins from behind the goal line after all scores.
  7. No marks paid for backwards kicks (except in forward 40m area).
  8. Quarters commence with a ‘ball up’ in the centre and at least two players from each team starting inside the 40m arc.
  9. Free shot from forward 40m arc – directly in front for deliberate rushed behinds.
  10. 10-point Zooper Goals when goals kicked on the full, from outside the 40m arc.