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Dockers and Eagles head to Victoria

Both West Coast and Fremantle have fled Perth after the city's latest lockdown, boarding a chartered flight to Victoria on Tuesday afternoon.

The teams flew on the same chartered flight, with the Eagles already locked in to play Sydney at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong on Sunday.

Fremantle's next step is less clear, with their Saturday night home game against Carlton at Optus Stadium now set to be played in Victoria or perhaps Tasmania, with the Dockers to be based in Melbourne.

"Given the lack of certainty in WA, our home game against Carlton on Saturday will now take place at an interstate venue, with the team flying out to Melbourne this afternoon where they will test and isolate until they return a negative result," Dockers CEO Simon Garlick said in a statement to members on Tuesday.

"These decisions are not made lightly and I want to acknowledge the disappointment it will bring to our passionate members and supporters who can no longer be there to cheer us on this weekend.

"But playing our part to ensure the season progresses, while protecting the health and safety of our community, remains paramount.

"We will keep working through the detail with the AFL in terms of a location for this weekend’s game and will advise you as soon as we are in a position to do so.

West Coast CEO Trevor Nisbett also sent a message to members, confirming their early departure from Perth.

"As a result of the lockdown in Perth, which was declared overnight, and issues in Queensland and New South Wales, our players, coaches and support staff have left this afternoon for Geelong," Nisbett said.

"That is ahead of schedule but necessary in order to ensure that the weekend’s match can proceed without issue. It also gives us the best chance of returning home after the weekend, subject to the Perth lockdown being lifted on Saturday as planned.

"We’re hopeful that this will be the case, and that we will be able to play our round 17 match against North Melbourne at Optus Stadium on the following weekend."

The AFL made the decision to get Western Australian and Queensland based clubs out of their respective states on Tuesday, with Perth in lockdown and Queensland likely to follow suit in the coming days.

It means Gold Coast's game against Richmond is set to be moved from Metricon Stadium, which was scheduled for Thursday night.

16 clubs are set to be based in Victoria for at least a week, with Sydney and Greater Western Sydney also leaving their home state due to Sydney's lockdown.


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