All Victorian AFL Clubs Expected To Be In Queensland For Rest Of Season
ll Victorian AFL clubs are expected to be based in Queensland for the remainder of the 2020 AFL Premiership Season, as the COVID-19 infection rate continues to rise in Victoria and New South Wales.
Along with the move to Queensland, rounds 9-17 will now be condensed, with matches to be played every day of the week in the lead up to the finals, with Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, saying Queensland is now the favourites to host the 2020 AFL Grand Final.
“A short time ago I spoke to AFL CEO, Gil McLachlan,” Palaszczuk said in a statement on social media.
“He is looking to book accommodation for hundreds of players and officials at Queensland hotels for two months.
“I stress none of these measures can happen without strict quarantine protocols and the COVID management plan that has allowed the AFL season to proceed.
“The health and safety of Queenslanders must always come first.
“This is another way Queensland is helping Victoria… given the choice between not having a season and having it based in Queensland I think I know what the fans would like to happen.
“It means more Queenslanders can see more games.
“… And, as I told Gill (AFL CEO, Gillon McLachlan), if the season is based here then the Grand Final should be played here too,” she said.
AFL commentator, Gerard Whateley, told SEN there are unanswered questions about whether players will be allowed to bring their families with them to Queensland from Victoria.
“Staff have been informed that they can’t bring families,” Whateley said.
“Players are waiting to hear what the family environments will be,” he said.
Sydney and GWS Giants are expected to remain in NSW, but the AFL stated they may be evacuated to Queensland as well as the infection rate is closely monitored and based on government and health official advice.
Fremantle, West Coast, Port Adelaide, and Adelaide are expected to continue splitting their games between Adelaide, Queensland, Western Australia, and New South Wales, remaining at home for the remainder of the season.