Crows, Port on course to face early travel strain
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.”