Tasmania will host two AFL games on the identical weekend for the critical time in round 14 after the league moved extra fixtures faraway from Melbourne amid ongoing COVID-19 points.
North Melbourne will host Brisbane at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena on Saturday, with Hawthorn to play Essendon at Launceston’s UTAS Stadium on Sunday.
Tasmania premier Peter Gutwein described the option as “a defend stop for Tassie football fans” – nonetheless the swap methodology Melbourne is now not going to host an AFL match for a third straight week.
It comes after the Victorian government ruled matches might perchance well drag forward within the suppose without crowds this week.
Friday evening’s blockbuster clash between premiership contenders Geelong and the Western Bulldogs will likely be performed in front of empty stands at GMHBA Stadium.
“While it’s miles disappointing we are unable to host games in front of crowds in Victoria at some point of round 14, we hope the downside continues to pattern favourably so we’ll come up with the option to welcome assist members and supporters as soon as possible,” AFL fixtures boss Travis Auld said.
“The option to relocate two games to Hobart and Launceston was as soon as made in stop session with each and each respective home crew and the Tasmanian Government, having regard to the broader connection each and each home club has in Tasmania and to allow for members and supporters in Tasmania to again the games.”
Melbourne-essentially essentially based teams North Melbourne, Hawthorn and Essendon own agreed strict journey preparations and other protocols with the Tasmanian government.
They’re going to accumulate charter flights inside and exterior of Tasmania on their respective match days.
There are now not any extra protocols in suppose for Brisbane because they are travelling from Queensland.
Geelong had a mountainous verbalize within the option now not to pass the Western Bulldogs clash faraway from their home ground.
The match of the round pits third in opposition to 2nd in a highly anticipated contest that will perchance well ordinarily own attracted a tidy crowd.
“The option to proceed to play this match at GMHBA Stadium was as soon as made in session with the dwelling crew and was as soon as in accordance to their need now not to pass the game,” Auld said.
“We’re going to proceed to closely monitor the downside in Victoria and work with the Victorian Government and other suppose and territory governments, with the fixture final per week-to-week proposition for now.”