Adelaide and Port Adelaide will relocate to Victoria, meaning all 18 AFL clubs will be temporarily based in the state.
- AFL broadcasting and clubs manager Travis Auld said bringing the two South Australian teams to Victoria “minimises risk for the competition”
- Sixteen are already in Victoria after Brisbane, Gold Coast, West Coast and Fremantle arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday night
- Tasmania’s Premier Peter Gutwein says the match between Fremantle and Carlton will not be played in Launceston
The two South Australia clubs flew out for Melbourne on Wednesday afternoon due to an increasingly complicated COVID-19 situation across Australia.
Despite the SA government deciding against a lockdown after the state recorded five new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the AFL has opted to move the Crows and the Power squads.
Port’s clash with Hawthorn at Marvel Stadium on Saturday will go ahead as planned, but a new venue will need to be found for Adelaide’s game, previously scheduled for the Adelaide Oval, against the Brisbane Lions.
“Bringing the two South Australian teams to Victoria today minimises risk for the competition as we progress the season in a constantly changing environment,” AFL broadcasting and clubs manager Travis Auld said.
“As of this evening we will have all 18 teams in Victoria and, as a competition, we will continue to remain adaptable where required.
“The two teams travelling today will fly to Victoria via a charter flight and will remain in the state ahead of this round’s matches.”
Sixteen of the league’s 18 clubs are already in Victoria after Brisbane, Gold Coast, West Coast and Fremantle arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday night due to lockdowns in south-east Queensland and Perth.
It comes as the AFL scrambles to finalise its fixture just a day out from the opening match of the week amid a worsening health situation across Australia.
The Suns’ Thursday night home clash with Richmond has already been moved from Carrara Stadium to Docklands stadium.
Tasmania’s Premier Peter Gutwein says the ongoing national risk of COVID-19 meant the game between Fremantle and Carlton, set for Launceston, would not be played in the state.
Mr Gutwein said he expected another Fremantle game, against Hawthorn next week, would not be affected.
The AFL now needs to find venues for the Dockers and Blues game, as well as the Crows and the Lions.
Sydney and GWS are already based in Melbourne, having flown out last week because of Bondi’s growing COVID-19 cluster.
The Swans’ home game against West Coast at the SCG has been shifted to Kardinia Park on Sunday, while the Giants will play at the MCG for the second-straight week when they face Melbourne on Saturday.