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    All round-six AFL matches will be played in either New South Wales and Queensland as the AFL reshapes the fixture to deal with the cororavirus outbreak in Victoria.

    The league confirmed on Friday that all Victorian clubs will be temporarily relocated outside the state.

    "The temporary relocation of all 10 Victorian-based teams out of the state will see them move to bases in Queensland, NSW and WA where they will undergo the various quarantine regimes while also continuing to adhere to the strict protocols the AFL has in place," the league said in a statement.

    The Queensland government said six Melbourne-based AFL clubs - St Kilda, North Melbourne, Essendon, Western Bulldogs, Richmond and Carlton - will relocate to the northern state and possibly live in a hub for the "rest of the season", as the fall-out of COVID-19 continues.

    Four will be based on the Gold Coast and two on the Sunshine Coast.

    Twelve teams, however, will be on the Gold Coast for round-six matches. St Kilda, Essendon, North Melbourne, GWS, Richmond, Sydney, Carlton and Western Bulldogs will join the four clubs that have been based there for a month - West Coast, Fremantle, Adelaide and Port Adelaide.

    Geelong, Melbourne, Brisbane, Collingwood, Gold Coast and Hawthorn will be in Sydney.

    The AFL on Friday also released an updated fixture for rounds six and seven. All nine matches in round six will be held in Sydney, at the SCG and Giants Stadium, and in south-east Queensland, at the Gabba and Metricon Stadium.


    In round seven, Perth's Optus Stadium will stage two matches - Collingwood facing Geelong on Thursday July 16, while West Coast and Fremantle, who will leave their hub on the Gold Coast, will clash on the Sunday. The Adelaide Oval will then be reactivated, with the Crows hosting St Kilda on a Monday night.


    The Victorian clubs will leave for their hubs as soon as this weekend's round is completed and undergo quarantine.


    “Essentially, Queensland is going to be the home of the AFL, they should give us the grand final after this,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

    “Four teams are going to be on the Gold Coast and two on the Sunshine Coast.

    “There will be a lot more matches at the Gabba and Metricon and of course our capacity is 50 per cent of the public being able to go see these sports stars in action.

    “(They’ll be here) for the rest of the season is my understanding.”

    AFL chief Gillon McLachlan said the "the health and safety of our people and the wider community is paramount".

    "We will continue to make decisions that are anchored in the advice of governments and designed to protect our people and the wider community," he said.


    “I have said on a number of occasions that this would be a season of challenges. And that the one certainty is that before we completed the 2020 AFL premiership season there would be more unique challenges along the way.


    “I want to thank the governments in NSW, Queensland and WA for their support in helping us set up a series of high-performance centres that will see interstate teams based in their state in accordance with all the strict local protocols and playing games.


    “I would also like to thank all of our clubs, players, coaches, umpires and officials for their continued support and ability to adapt quickly as we navigate through the changing environment.

    “The Victorian clubs now temporarily moving interstate are playing their part in ensuring our season endures in a year that will continue to challenge us all.

    "I have also often talked about the need for us to continue to be flexible and agile. As situations change across Australia so has our response. And it will continue to do so.”

    Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said his team was ready to join a hub but players had the option of remaining in Melbourne.

    "The difficult thing, I think for everyone who's going to a hub, is just leaving their families behind," he said.

    "I think we've got eight dads and the boys will make decisions on whether or not [they go]. We'd love to take everyone with us, we'll definitely take all our players.

    "We're hoping to be able to take partners and young children if that's what the choice is — but there might be one or two who may not be able to go and that's fine and so we'll work through that.

    "But I think everyone's probably looking forward to it more than anything and continuing on with the season and it probably eliminates a lot of the risk, back here.

    "We'll have some freedoms after the quarantine and I think all our crew are looking forward to that."

    Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said the Tigers were ready to embrace life in a hub.

    South Australia Health Minister Stephen Wade said on Friday that his state had not been prepared to be a hub.

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    Vic teams will initially spend 32 days away from home, and then the situation will be reassessed.
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    A change already

    Sam Edmund reports
    Blues have had the Noosa rug pulled out from underneath them. Now going to Gold Coast. Sounds like the logistics regarding accommodation in Noosa got a bit difficult. Saints have had another win!
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    Good on QLD for making this happen when other states couldn't or wouldn't.

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    Two Richmond players not going. Rumoured to be Houli and Edwards. Both have wives with babies due
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    Stringer not going to Hub due to his injury.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    Stringer not going to Hub due to his injury.
    Drat. Was hoping to see Bailey Smith vs Stringer 2.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    Stringer not going to Hub due to his injury.
    And a choir of Essendon take-away food vendors rejoice.
    BORDERLINE FLYING

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Science View Post
    And a choir of Essendon take-away food vendors rejoice.
    Jake Stringer body shamed by Bruce McAvaney, Brian Taylor
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    They just called out the obvious, but went about it in their cringey Channel 7 way.
    Our 1954 premiership players are our heroes, and it has to be said that Charlie was their hero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comrade View Post
    They just called out the obvious, but went about it in their cringey Channel 7 way.
    Spot on. They were creepy and weird, but they weren't wrong.
    "It's over. It's all over."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    This is most likely the flight VA9007 from Melbourne to Gold Coast https://fr24.com/VOZ9007/24dcb93f

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grantysghost View Post
    This is most likely the flight VA9007 from Melbourne to Gold Coast https://fr24.com/VOZ9007/24dcb93f
    I would say so

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