Two AFLW games have been postponed as a result of Western Australia’s shutdown but the remaining five matches of round two will proceed as planned.
WA was plunged into a minimum five-day lockdown on Sunday after a security guard at one of Perth’s quarantine hotels tested positive to COVID-19.
The four AFLW teams who played in the state on the weekend – West Coast and Adelaide on Saturday, then Fremantle and GWS on Sunday – are all affected.
West Coast and Fremantle are now under Perth’s strict lockdown, while the Crows are in a 14-day home quarantine in Adelaide and GWS are in self-isolation in Sydney until at least Friday night.
The Eagles and Dockers were scheduled to fly to Adelaide to take on the Giants and Crows respectively this weekend but on Monday the AFLW confirmed those two games would be postponed – with the four teams’ schedules to “be determined in due course.”
The AFLW initially put ticket sales for all seven games of round two on hold but the other five games of the weekend will now go ahead as scheduled, with tickets to go on sale on Tuesday morning.
On arrival in Adelaide on Sunday night, Crows players, coaches and staff were told to immediately self-isolate for 14 days after SA closed its WA border.
GWS flew back to Adelaide with the Crows on Sunday then were able to depart the South Australian capital for Sydney on Monday morning on a chartered flight.
As a result, they are now self-isolating at home until at least 9pm AEDT Friday, in line with NSW Health protocols, while they await further government and AFL advice.
GWS had been staying in an Adelaide hub – after previously spending two weeks in Albury – to allow their season to get underway in the wake of NSW’s coronavirus outbreak.
AFLW boss Nicole Livingstone said the league was “committed to delivering a full season in a safe manner”.
“We will continue to remain as adaptable as possible as the season progresses in a constantly changing environment and we will listen to and work closely with each stakeholder to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone in the game,” Livingstone said.
The AFLW fixture beyond round two has not been released.
The Crows’ AFL team has also been affected by SA’s 14-day isolation requirement.
Veteran forward Tom Lynch is the Crows’ AFLW forward line coach and travelled to Perth, while AFLW head coach Matthew Clarke also works as the club’s part-time AFL ruck coach.