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Sport Victoria's coronavirus outbreak forces AFL to reschedule West Coast-Richmond game, reshuffle fixtures

04:50  29 june  2020
04:50  29 june  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

Victoria's coronavirus outbreak forces AFL to reschedule West Coast-Richmond game, reshuffle fixtures

  Victoria's coronavirus outbreak forces AFL to reschedule West Coast-Richmond game, reshuffle fixtures The AFL is forced to postpone Thursday night's West Coast-Richmond game on the Gold Coast and reshuffle the weekend's fixtures as the Queensland Government blocks Melbourne-based teams from entering.Thursday night's game between West Coast and Richmond on the Gold Coast has been postponed, after the Queensland Government ruled against a Victorian team travelling into the state.

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The AFL is preparing to reschedule all matches beyond round one, as it knows it will almost certainly have to indefinitely shut down its competition to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak . Depending on player availability, some clubs might be forced to play several matches in relatively quick succession.

The AFL has been forced into a late reshuffle of its fixture list due to the current coronavirus outbreak in Victoria.

Thursday night's game between West Coast and Richmond on the Gold Coast has been postponed, after the Queensland Government ruled against a Victorian team travelling into the state.

It is expected the reshuffle will see Sydney fly into the Eagles' Gold Coast hub instead, for a game on Saturday, while the Tigers will now stay at home and play Melbourne on Sunday.

Carlton and St Kilda's game, originally slated for Saturday afternoon, will likely be moved to fill the now-vacant Thursday night slot.

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The AFL season will be shortened by five games and the League is still deciding whether R1 will start on Thursday. In an unprecedented move announced on Monday afternoon, League CEO Gillon McLachlan said five matches would be scrapped due to the outbreak of coronavirus .

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Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young released a statement on Monday morning clarifying the state's new guidelines for Victorian sporting teams.

The guidelines now state that any Queensland-based team which plays against a Melbourne team in Queensland is required to quarantine for 14 days.

The same rule will apply to any team returning from playing in Melbourne, or which has just played another team which has been in Melbourne recently.

"The new measures specifically impact all Queensland-based teams, regardless of the code, and their interactions with Victorian-based teams," Dr Young said.

"These new measures do not prevent Victorian AFL teams travelling to Queensland for existing matches. The new arrangements do, however, place extra restrictions on Queensland-based teams who play teams who have been in hotspots."

More to come.

Victorian AFL clubs facing extended road trips .
AFL clubs face longer road trips across multiple states as the league attempts to re-work its fixture due to COVID-19 spikes.AFL fixtures boss Travis Auld says all clubs face the prospect of spending four or five weeks away from home at some stage this season, similar to the time WA clubs West Coast and Fremantle will serve in Queensland.

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