The AFL is set for another fixture reshuffle with the chaos of round 20 set to have a flow-on effect into round 21.
Five teams – Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, GWS and Essendon – have moved out of Queensland amid the lockdown in the state’s south-east, meaning multiple games will need to be adjusted.
Clairsy & Lisa spoke to Ryan Daniels about the changes…
Essendon are set to play the Western Bulldogs but their game is expected to be pushed back from its original Friday night timeslot.
Delaying the Bombers’ round 20 clash with Sydney from Saturday night to Sunday means there would only be a five-day break between games if they played on Friday.
Clubs are only allowed to have one five-day break in the season – as per the AFL Players’ Association’s agreement with the league – and Essendon had theirs between rounds three and four.
Geelong’s clash with GWS is subsequently expected to be moved into the Friday night timeslot.
Meanwhile, Melbourne are poised to jet to WA and quarantine for seven days before facing West Coast at Optus Stadium next Monday night.
Brisbane face the same quarantine period in Perth before tackling Fremantle at the same venue, most likely on Sunday.
Sydney and GWS have been on the road since fleeing NSW on June 22 and after yet another cross-border dash, Swans coach John Longmire said he has “no idea” what the future holds.
The Swans are scheduled to play St Kilda at Marvel Stadium.