Sport AFL confirms radical switch in Round 19 fixture
Dockers to host Cats next Thursday night
Fremantle's five-year absence from Thursday and Friday night football will come to an end when they host the Cats in Perth next Thursday night.The Lions were initially scheduled to host the Saints at the Gabba, but the match will now be played at Metricon Stadium due to the COVID-19 situation in Queensland.
The AFL has released its confirmed fixture for Round 19, with three matches initially scheduled for Round 20 brought forward by a week to accommodate border restrictions.
The three fixtures brought forward by a week are the Brisbane Lions vs Gold Coast Suns, Adelaide vs Hawthorn and Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs matches, all of which will now take place on Saturday, July 24.
Due to the fixture rejig, the matches originally scheduled for Round 19 that have been replaced are the Gold Coast Suns vs Melbourne, Western Bulldogs vs Adelaide and Hawthorn vs Brisbane Lions matches. All three matches will now be played in Round 20 instead.
AFL club Geelong under strict WA protocols
Melbourne's growing COVID-19 cluster has seen Western Australia close its border to Victoria, forcing AFL club Geelong to adhere to strict protocols.The Cats were due to be met by Western Australia police on arrival in Perth on Wednesday and be taken immediately for testing.
Round 19 will open up on Friday night with Port Adelaide hosting Collingwood at the Adelaide Oval at 7:10pm AEST.
All start times for Round 19's fixtures have been confirmed except for the two Sunday matches, Geelong vs Richmond at the MCG and Essendon vs GWS Giants.
Both the start time and the venue are yet to be finalised for the Essendon vs GWS Giants clash, which is an Essendon home game.
St Kilda, who face West Coast in WA this weekend, travelled to Perth on Saturday and have commenced a quarantine period with permissions to train and play in line with WA government protocols.
AFL'S FINALISED ROUND 19 FIXTURE
Video: Curnow set to make on-field return (Wide World of Sports)
AFL teams relocate to QLD amid COVID-19 crisis
The AFL has announced Sydney teams will relocate to Queensland, and a Melbourne game will also be shifted north.Due to an "evolving COVID situation" in the country the AFL was forced to make some swift changes to the Round 18 schedule, including moving the Sydney derby from regional Victoria.
Friday, July 23Port Adelaide vs Collingwood, Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm AEST
Saturday, July 24Carlton vs North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, 1:45pm AEST
Brisbane Lions vs Gold Coast Suns, Gabba, 3:10pm AEST
West Coast Eagles vs St Kilda, Optus Stadium, 4:35pm AEST
Adelaide vs Hawthorn, Adelaide Oval, 6:10pm AEST
Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs, MCG, 7:25pm AEST
Sunday, July 25Sydney Swans vs Fremantle, Metricon Stadium, 12:30pm AEST
Geelong vs Richmond, MCG, TBC
Essendon vs GWS Giants, TBC, TBC
Collingwood told Clarkson isn't available next year .
Collingwood have been informed that Alastair Clarkson intends to coach Hawthorn next year and is not available for the Magpies' senior coaching position.Collingwood have been informed that Alastair Clarkson intends to coach Hawthorn next year and is not available for the Magpies' senior coaching position.