AFL revise round 5 fixture
The AFL has been forced to revise it's fixtures for this weekend's round of matches, with three games altered from the initial schedule.
It comes after the Queensland government adopted a harsher stance on Victorian clubs travelling to the state, following a significant spike in COVID-19 cases in Victoria over the past week.
Three games have been changed for this weekend with more expected to impacted in coming weeks.
West Coast, who were initially scheduled to play Richmond on Thursday night will now play Sydney on Saturday afternoon at Metricon Stadium, the Tigers to remain in their home state to play Melbourne on Sunday afternoon at the MCG.
Carlton and St Kilda will move in to the Thursday night timeslot, with the match to be played at Marvel Stadium.
Gold Coast's match with Geelong will still proceed at GMHBA Stadium, but with the Queensland Government now insisting on 14 day quarantine for QLD clubs playing in Victoria it remains to be seen whether they return home following that match, remain in Melbourne or travel to another state.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said the season would continue, despite the challenges presented by the current situation.
" All our decision making has been anchored in the advice of government. We said it would be a season like no other and we would need to be flexible and agile to play all 144 games," he said.
"We're all going to have to get used to not having predictability, order or routine. 2020 is a challenge.
"One thing we know is there will be more challenges. Football will find a way through."
McLachlan confirmed the Suns would have to quarantine following their match against the Cats, but was committed to keeping football in Victoria.
"Football is going ahead in this state. If we do need to respond, we can move," he said.
More fixture updates are expected during the week.
IMAGE: AFL website.