TWO AFL games scheduled for Melbourne this weekend have been moved to Tasmania, while Geelong’s blockbuster will be played on Friday night with the Western Bulldogs at GMHBA Stadium without fans.
The match between North Melbourne and Brisbane, scheduled for Marvel Stadium, has been relocated to Blundstone Arena in Hobart, while the Hawthorn-Essendon game has been relocated to UTAS Stadium in Launceston.
Both games have been postponed due to current restrictions in Victoria and the ability for members and fans to attend games.
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However, Geelong has decided against postponing the fight against the Dogs and will instead stay at home.
The game between Gold Coast and Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium and the game between GWS and Carlton at Giants Stadium remain as scheduled.
“Although it is disappointing that we cannot stage games in front of an audience in Victoria in Round 14, we hope that the situation continues to develop positively so that we can welcome members and supporters again as soon as possible,” said AFL managing director of Clubs and Broadcasters Travis Auld said.
“The decision to move two games to Hobart and Launceston was made in close consultation with the respective home teams and the Tasmanian government as the connections of each home club in Tasmania are broader and allow members and supporters in Tasmania to attend the games .
“The Geelong Cats vs. Western Bulldogs game will continue to be played in the GMHBA Stadium without the crowds in accordance with the current recommendations of the Victorian Government – this decision to continue playing this game in the GMHBA Stadium was made in consultation with the home team and was consistent with their preference not to move the game.
“We will continue to monitor the situation in Victoria closely and work with the Victorian government and other state and territory governments, with the event remaining a weekly proposition for the time being.
“We’d like to thank everyone in the game for their patience and understanding as we finalized the preparations for Round 14.
“On behalf of the AFL, I would like to thank the respective state governments, each club, player, AFLPA, referees, broadcast partners, venues and all football fans for their continued patience and understanding as we all continue to navigate through the pandemic. “
Details about the tickets are expected on Tuesday.
Friday June 18th
Geelong vs. Western Bulldogs, GMHBA Stadium, 7:50 p.m. AEST
Saturday June 19th
Gold Coast – Port Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, 1:45 p.m. AEST
North Melbourne – Brisbane, Blundstone Arena, 4:35 p.m. AEST
Greater Western Sydney – Carlton, Giants Stadium, 7:25 p.m. AEST
Sunday June 20th
Hawthorn – Essendon, UTAS Stadium, 3:20 p.m. AEST
Goodbye: Adelaide, Collingwood, Fremantle, Melbourne, Richmond, St. Kilda, Sydney, West Coast