The AFL has been forced to modify Round 5’s fixture after the Victorian outbreak of COVID-19 saw Richmond denied entry to Queensland.
The Queensland government resisted Richmond’s scheduled travel to the Gold Coast to play West Coast on Thursday night. The Palaszczuk government is adamant any sporting team that has recently played in Victoria will be forced to isolate for 14 days upon entering Queensland.
What this means for the Gold Coast Suns, who are still scheduled to play Geelong in Victoria, is yet to be revealed. AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan will front the media at 12:30pm (AEST).
The new Round 5 fixture is as follows.
All times AEST
Thursday, July 2
Carlton vs St Kilda; 7:40pm, Marvel Stadium
Friday, July 3
Collingwood vs Essendon; 7:50pm, MCG
Saturday, July 4
West Coast Eagles vs Sydney Swans; 1:45pm, Metricon Stadium
Geelong Cats vs Gold Coast Suns; 4:35pm, GMHBA Stadium
Brisbane Lions vs Port Adelaide; 7:40pm, The Gabba
Western Bulldogs vs North Melbourne; 7:40pm, Marvel Stadium
Sunday, July 5
Adelaide Crows vs Fremantle; 1:05pm, Metricon Stadium
Melbourne vs Richmond; 3:35pm, MCG
GWS Giants vs Hawthorn; 6:10pm, Giants Stadium
MORE TO COME
– with AAP