Eagles clash with Tigers brought forward
West Coast will now host reigning premiers Richmond as part of a restructured round 13 of the AFL premiership season, the AFL confirmed on Saturday.
The Eagles were initially scheduled to host the Tigers after their bye on Thursday June 17th, but with Richmond unable to return to Victoria because of the state's lockdown, the match has been brought forward to Sunday June 13th at Optus Stadium at 5:20 PM AWST.
It will allow Richmond to return home to Victoria after the game for their bye week. They’re currently based in Sydney.
It was the second round 13 fixture tweak in as many days with the annual Queens Birthday clash between Collingwood and Melbourne finding a new home at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday 14th June.
The clash also serves as a fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease research, former Melbourne coach and MND sufferer Neale Daniher raising millions of dollars since 2015.
The 'Big Freeze' sliders event will still take place at an empty MCG, despite the match taking place in Sydney.
The Eagles-Tigers clash being moved forward means seven games will be played in round 13, and only five the following week with Adelaide, Collingwood, Fremantle, Melbourne, St Kilda and Sydney also having the week off.
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