The AFL has switched venues for two games this weekend, while Melbourne awaits the results of a COVID-1 test ahead of Friday night’s game at its Ducklands Stadium.
- The AFL took the Sun-Hawks game from Darwin to Sydney
- The Tigers will now play crows instead of Melbourne in Sydney
- Monster players and officials are separated after undergoing a COVID-19 test
Gold Coast-Hawthorne Games – Originally played in Darwin – Now Saturday night will be in SCG.
Richmond was to host Adelaide at Sunday’s MCG, but the two teams will now play at Sydney’s Giants Stadium.
Power’s game against Fremantle at the Adelaide Oval has been postponed by 400 minutes and will now start at 20:20 (AEST) as the umpires travel from Perth.
All other games will be on schedule.
AFL chief executive Gillan McClachlan has said he will not be able to play in Round 11 in Melbourne following the Voltoria government’s decision to impose a seven-day lockout from midnight.
“The changes are only in place for this round and we will continue to monitor the situation in the coming days before making any decisions on future rounds,” McClachlan told a news conference in Melbourne.
“It’s frustrating for Victoria’s fans not to be able to attend the clergy this weekend.
“But the events of the last 24 hours, 48 hours, repeat the reason we put contact trace requirements in the game.”
McLachlan confirmed that Damen’s players and staff were awaiting test results from the COVID-1 test, while separately before facing the Western Bulldogs on Friday night.
A monster player visited a Tier 1 COVID-19 risk site last Sunday.
“Negative test results, players and staff will be removed in time for tomorrow night’s game,” McClachlan said.
McClachlan said the roofs of the Ducklands and Stagsala would be open on Friday if the Bulldogs-Demons game plan goes ahead.
He said the AFL was taking a flexible approach and needed to make further changes in sustainability.
“We were walking [scenarios] “Like last night in contingencies and possibilities,” he said.
“But we didn’t know until this morning how it would go and then you clearly don’t know how other states will react, so we think we’re back in it.
“The team (AFL officials) know what they’re doing. We’ve got a great partnership from the state governments, the health authorities, and we will continue to travel through it.
“There may be bumps … but we have nine games ahead.”