It’s a constantly moving feast but it looks like footy has a bit of a plan in place.
The likely situation is that both the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers will call the Gold Coast home, at least for the foreseeable future.
“That’s were they’ll be playing for probably the first month of the season and things with evolve from there,” Channel 7’s Ryan Daniels told Botica’s Bunch on Thursday.
“The way I see it playing out is that you have the two Brisbane teams, the two WA teams and the two South Australian teams and they’ll play each other once,” Daniels explained, which would probably be four or five games.
By then, he said, the Eagles and Dockers would (hopefully) come back to Perth to play each other – and possibly some other games too.
“I think that’s what the AFL is banking on.”
Thing is, no official date has been announced for, well, anything yet… but Daniels said the AFL was looking towards June 11.
He also threw some light on why the Goldy was chosen, particularly after Victoria offered the WA clubs the MCG .
“I’m told there were a couple of reasons, the main one being that there is a genuine health risk and there was concern like ‘hey, hold on a minute, if this gets really bad and the Vics close the borders, we’re gonna be stuck there.’”
It’s also understood that players’ families would be included in the interstate plans in some way.
“Whether that’s the whole time, or there’s some sort of meeting period, like a football conjugal visit of some kind, maybe that’s what happens,” Daniels laughed. “It’s the Gold Coast, things happen up there.”
Lisa chimed in saying that the Eagles have more kids than any other AFL team.
“They could’ve been called the Fertile Turtles rather than the West Coast Eagles,” she added.
Daniels doubled down, saying he reckoned we were “gonna see a spike after two-and-a-half months of isolation… there might be another herd coming through.”