There is a ‘strong indication’ that more players will be forced into quarantine as more exposed sites emerge.
Plus, the AFL is close to locking with a re-adjusted Round 19 fixator.
Get all of AFL’s latest COVID-19 related news in our live blog below.
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12:30 PM – AFL CLOSE LOCKED WITHIN 19 FIXED
The AFL is closing in on its revised Round 19 schedule for this weekend’s games.
Premium foxfooty.com.au Reporter Tom Morris revealed that the league is likely to announce an official schedule on Monday afternoon, while the timing of Sunday’s games is likely to continue.
It consists of three matches starting from Round 20 in preparation for the border closure.
FIXED ROUND 19 LIKELY
Port Adelaide v Collingwood (Adelaide Oval)
Carlton v North Melbourne (Marvel Stadium)
Brisbane v Gold Coast (GABBA)
West Coast v St Kilda (Optus Stadium)
Adelaide v Hawthorn (Adelaide Oval)
Melbourne v Western Bulldogs (MCG)
Sydney v Fremantle (Metricon Stadium)
Geelong v Richmond (MCG)
Essendon v GWS (Metricon Stadium)
12 p.m. – MANY OTHER PLAYERS MAY NEED DURABLE DEVICES WHEN EXPOSURE LOCATIONS Evolve
More players could be forced into quarantine as the list of sites exposed to Victoria grows, Triple M.’s Tom Browne reports.
Victoria’s closure has been extended past midnight tomorrow after the state recorded 12 new local cases of COVID-19.
Victoria’s list of exposed sites has grown to nearly 280, including in popular areas such as Richmond, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Abbotsford, Docklands and South Melbourne.
“Given the number of exposed sites around popular areas where players live, especially Richmond, there is a strong indication that more players will be forced into isolation,” Browne tweeted.
He added that the AFL had no plans to say goodbye and wanted to keep it in case of a bigger crisis.
12:20 PM – SAINTS SERIOUSLY SCAM IN MELBOURNE AFTER JOINING RUGBY
Upgraded to a Level 2 exposure site, the match forced 15 players and staff from the Swans and Giants into self-isolation.
While it is still unclear to what level he is classified, the Irishman has not flown West with his fellow Saints for this weekend’s clash with the West Coast.
Gunner Rowan Marshall also attended the rugby match but made the trip to Western Australia.
Joyce – who was treated for the loss of Port Adelaide at the weekend – will be on the field to replace Tom Highmore – who is suspected of facing the Eagles because of a hand injury.
10AM – BULLDOGS STAR ENTER QUARANTINE
Western Bulldogs star Josh Dunkley is the latest player to join Quarantine period 14 days after attending a cafe last week which was later declared a hotspot.
The gunnery quarterback’s period of self-isolation lasted from the time he attended the site until Wednesday, July 28.
Dunkley has returned two negative Covid tests but is still sidelined for the team’s Round 19 game this weekend.
The 24-year-old had just returned at the weekend for his first game since round six after undergoing a shoulder reconstruction.
SUNDAY – 15 EMPLOYEES AND PLAYERS FROM MANAGED SWANS AND GIANTS
An unprecedented defeat before the Covid game hit the Giants and Swans on Sunday, with 15 players and staff are forced to isolate after attending last week’s Rugby Test between the Wallabies and France in Melbourne – has been upgraded to a Level 2 contact venue.
Five Sydney derby players – Sydney’s Callum Mills, Harry Cunningham and Colin O’Riordan and GWS’s Toby Greene and Matt de Boer – were forced to withdraw from the game.
Giants Kieren Briggs and Jake Stein also attended the rugby match but were not selected for Sunday’s clash.
That means regardless of the test results and unless the federation can convince health officials otherwise, the seven players will not be available for selection until Round 21.
Queensland’s law differs from Victoria’s in that whether you attend a level 1, 2 or 3 contact site, it all results in a mandatory 14-day quarantine period from the start of the quarantine.
But the clubs will be hoping this period will be pushed back to Tuesday 13 July – freeing them up again in Round 20.