Australia New WA virus case, but AFL final goes on
‘Compelling' new concussion figures spark call for AFL revamp
Concussion figures independently recorded through the AFL season have led to a call for greater protection for players, and prompted player agent Peter Jess to lobby the prime minster for an overview of the federal government's policy.Veteran player advocate Peter Jess says new statistics reinforce that the AFL's minimum 12-day concussion protocol is too short and he has even written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling for a revised concussion-in-sport policy.
Western Australia will impose tougher restrictions on people returning or travelling from Victoria and has detected one new COVID-19 case in a woman who flew to Perth without permission.
However, no new cases have been linked to a coronavirus-positive NSW truck driver who visited WA and South Australia last week.
With Victoria posting 733 new infections on Friday and the state's two-week rolling average now above 500, WA has declared it a region of extreme risk.
That means no one will be allowed to travel from Victoria unless there are extraordinary circumstances, with the hard border to come into force from Wednesday next week.
Brad Scott chooses AFL role over coaching
Former North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has become the AFL's general manager of football, ruling him out of the vacant Carlton head coach role.Former North Melbourne mentor Scott appeared among the leading contenders to succeed David Teague at Carlton but has instead been appointed the AFL's general manager of football.
Premier Mark McGowan said it was "heartbreaking" to see what was happening in Victoria and NSW while at the same time urging anyone who wanted to come home to do so in the next few days.
"Our thoughts are with our fellow Australians, but we have to act now," he said.
"Growing case numbers are simply too big a threat."
The premier said the new infection, detected in the woman who flew into Perth from NSW on Tuesday, was not considered a risk to the wider community.
He said she was thought to be a returning Western Australian but was directed into hotel quarantine.
The woman subsequently tested positive for the virus and would now spend 14 days in isolation in Perth.
Fifteen people who travelled on the same flight have also been placed in quarantine and have so far tested negative.
Perth's grand final ticket scramble makes history, as scalper pulled from Gumtree
West Australians caused the busiest event sale in Australian history, with one risky reseller taking a punt at $1000 payday despite WA's anti-scalping laws.In a matter of minutes the remaining 10,250 tickets for the September 25 event were snapped up, which led to an offer of a category two ticket for $1000, up from the $405 purchase price, being posted on the popular resale site.
The new case came just a day out from the AFL grand final in Perth but was not expected to impact the game.
Mr McGowan said the final would be a historic event for the state and he was "confident we will do the big match justice".
"We will be the centre of attention across the entire country," he said.
In relation to the NSW truck driver, 47 contacts have now been identified in WA with 13 of them considered closed contacts.
Ten of those have since tested negative with three tests still pending.
Of the 34 casual contacts, 21 have tested negative so far.
Most contacts were believed to be linked to roadhouses and fuel stops where the truckie and his fellow driver stopped.
They were in WA for less than 48 hours between September 16 and 17 and travelled through South Australia on September 15 and 18.
SA authorities said no new virus cases were reported on Friday from more than 6000 tests conducted over the past 24 hours.
They have identified more than 130 contacts across about 10 exposure sites who have all been placed in isolation, either for 14 days or until they return a negative test.
The infected man, in his 20s, returned a negative test before leaving for WA, but tested positive on his return to NSW.
He has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while his colleague has so far tested negative.
Why Petracca was denied a slice of AFL history .
Christian Petracca thought he had done what no man has ever done in grand final, only to find out he hadn't.Petracca was named best afield in Melbourne's 74-point grand final win over the Bulldogs after finishing with 39 disposals and two goals, with his disposal tally equalling the grand final record set by Brisbane's Simon Black in 2003.