The AFL will have to spend even more time back at the drawing board as it attempts to build a fixture around Australia’s two-speed coronavirus situation.
The league had been hopeful that South Australia would play host to at least some Victorian clubs, a prospect that Premier Steven Marshall has since effectively quashed.
“We have ruled out several options including Victorian teams coming here, or a South Australian team playing in Victoria and then coming back to our state,” Premier Marshall told The Advertiser.
“There won’t be exemptions for the 14-day isolation at the moment for AFL football.”
The AFL is looking to release its reimagined Round 6 fixture today, before tonight’s Round 5 clash between Collingwood and Essendon at the MCG.
However, the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the majority of teams’ home state has led to more head-scratching for Rounds 7 and 8 which administrators are hoping to make public early next week.
The state government has allowed for crowds of up to 27,000 to attend Adelaide Oval, however, it is unlikely that either SA team will see any home games for the immediate future.
Currently, SA, Queensland and New South Wales governments have all refused to waive their states’ mandatory quarantine periods for any Victorian AFL team.
Collingwood and Geelong are heading for Western Australia, and could yet be joined by at least one more Victorian team, while the rest of the league’s teams are bound for Queensland and New South Wales.