A blockbuster opening against an old rival, a trip north and a game in Bendigo - that’s the snapshot of the Bombers JLT Community Series fixture.
Essendon will open the AFL's pre-season competition on Thursday February 16th against Collingwood at Etihad Stadium.
Ten days later the Dons will head to Mackay in Queensland for a Sunday afternoon clash against Gold Coast.
The final pre-season match will be a prelude to the second instalment of Country Game when the Bombers meet Geelong in Bendigo.
The three pre-season games will act as a tune-up ahead of the Dons round one season opener against Hawthorn at the MCG on Saturday March 25th.
Thursday, 16 February
Collingwood Vs Essendon
Sunday, 26 February
Gold Coast Suns Vs Essendon
Harrup Park Country Club (Mackay)
Sunday, 12 March
Geelong Cats Vs Essendon
Queen Elizabeth Oval (Bendigo)