The AFL are still expecting a Grand Final at the MCG despite the game being thrown into chaos yet again.

The game is scrambling after Queensland introduced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for Victorian teams entering their state, and for teams who play against them.

This means that teams already hubbed in Queensland – Brisbane, Gold Coast, West Coast, Fremantle, Port Adelaide and Adelaide – will also be forced to quarantine for 14 days should they play a Victorian-based club.

Queensland put the changes in motion after Victoria announced more than 150 new coronavirus cases since Saturday.

A round-five fixture reshuffle was immediately, including Richmond no longer travelling to Queensland to face West Coast, instead the Eagles will face Sydney.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has since warned of more changes.

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“People understand that there’s going to be sacrifices made to get this season away,” McLachlan said on Monday.

“The restrictions in hubs are getting less and less in other states so we can be a bit more flexible with it.

“All states and territories are an option, absolutely.”

The idea of a rolling fixture has been floated.

“At the moment we have got a fixture that is put out for this weekend and we will continue to look at things day-by-day,” McLachlan said.

“We have got 118 games to get away.

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“We can compress, we can move, we can, if we need to, have a bye to reset.

“As we look ahead, I don’t think we need to do that but we have got options.”

Amended Fixture:

  • Carlton v St Kilda – Marvel Stadium on Thursday (initially scheduled for Sunday)
  • Richmond v Melbourne – MCG on Sunday
  • West Coast v Sydney – Metricon Stadium on Saturday
  • Gold Coast v Geelong – GMHBA Stadium on Saturday will proceed as normal

 

 

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