Crows, Port on course to face early travel strain

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The Western Aus­tralian Govern­ment is tak­ing an even harder line and will not al­low the Ea­gles and Dock­ers to fly in and out of Perth with­out a two-week quar­an­tine.

The two WA clubs will in­stead be forced to re­lo­cate to an eastern seaboard state, most likely Vic­to­ria, to al­low the com­pe­ti­tion to restart as early as Thurs­day, June 18.

WA Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook yes­ter­day said the AFL’s pre­ferred “fly-in, model was too risky.

“This govern­ment won't com­pro­mise on the health and safety of its cit­i­zens,” Cook said. “There is no con­fi­dence the AFL can main­tain in­fec­tion con­trol and pre­vent in­fec­tion spread among play­ers and staff un­der the cur­rent pro­posed model. There is a risk it could con­trib­ute to the fur­ther spread of the virus.”

No for­mal de­ci­sion has been made in South Aus­tralia, but Premier Steve Mar­shall fly-out” said yes­ter­day: “It’s quite pos­si­ble that in the early stages (of the sea­son) South Aus­tralian teams will only be play­ing away games be­fore other teams will be per­mit­ted to come back into South Aus­tralia.

“South Aus­tralian play­ers might be able to train here, stay here in their home state, go out for games, but then re­turn in a sort of a semi-quar­an­tine sit­u­a­tion so they can still train and they can still get to the next game.

“That’s one of the op­tions that’s be­ing con­sid­ered but a lot of it is go­ing to de­pend on when is the sea­son start­ing and what the in­fec­tion rate is with the var­i­ous ju­ris­dic­tions at that time.”

Crows CEO An­drew Fa­gan said: “Our wish will al­ways be to play games un­der a tra­di­tional home and away for­mat, which in­cludes host­ing op­po­si­tion teams at Ade­laide Oval, and in a per­fect world with our mem­bers and fans in at­ten­dance to cheer us on.

“How­ever, in these un­prece­dented times, we will al­ways heed the ad­vice of med­i­cal ex­perts and ac­knowl­edge that we must put the health and well­be­ing of the com­mu­nity first and fore­most.

“With this in mind, our club is open-minded and will­ing to be flex­i­ble to en­sure the re­turn of foot­ball as soon as pos­si­ble.

“We are also aware of on­go­ing dis­cus­sions be­tween the AFL and State Govern­ment, al­beit our club is not di­rectly in­volved.”

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