Hawthorn and Gold Coast’s scheduled clash in Darwin has been postponed, with both teams set to have the bye this weekend as the impact of Melbourne’s COVID-19 outbreak increases.
The Hawks and Suns were told today that their match at TIO Stadium would not go ahead on Saturday as fixtured, with their clash to be moved to a later date.
Their round 12 bye has been moved to round 11 for now.
This comes after Hawthorn were reportedly unable to get out of Melbourne tomorrow as planned.
The Northern Territory government is expected to announce new border restrictions soon, which would likely prevent the Hawks from entering the state, causing the postponement.
It comes after it was revealed two patrons at two separate AFL games in Melbourne at the weekend have returned positive tests to coronavirus.
A patron at Sunday’s game between Collingwood and Port Adelaide at the MCG tested positive, with the fan sitting in the Great Southern Stand.
Today it was revealed another patron, this time at Sunday’s Essendon and North Melbourne clash at Marvel Stadium, also tested positive.
All fans within the same section as the two positive cases were asked to get tested and isolate immediately until they received a negative test.
This has thrown doubt about this weekend’s games going across Australia, despite Essendon flying into Perth this afternoon ahead of their clash against West Coast at Optus Stadium on Saturday.
The Bombers will be tested and must isolate until they receive a negative result after making the mad dash, hoping to avoid any border closures.
Carlton players and officials were set to fly to Sydney later today ahead of their clash against the Swans at the SCG on Sunday.
All Victorian clubs staying home have been asked to tell their players, staff and officials to follow strict new protocols, which include leaving the house for only work, care giving, exercise and accessing food or supplies.
The teams can still train but have been told to restrict meetings and gatherings at the clubs.