AFLW coaches have backed the league’s flexible fixture after Fremantle had been scheduled to face West Fly twice within the nine-spherical season.
The league has opted to free up match-united states of americaweek-by-week because it adapts to altering COVID-19 conditions, as adversarial to relocate groups to steer clear of border factors.
The Dockers, true premiership fancies, had been launched on Saturday evening to clutch on the rising Eagles team next Sunday within the 2nd Western Australian derby within the gap six rounds.
Victoria is the one instruct quiet discipline to any WA border restrictions, that means the 2 Perth groups are currently unable to play Geelong or any of the seven Melbourne facets.
After Collingwood smashed Melbourne by 35 aspects on Sunday to take a seat atop the ladder, Magpies coach Steve Symonds said he had no notify with the double-up within the 14-team competitors.
“We moral need to wait on taking half in. On the opposite hand that happens, whoever it be towards, we moral need to wait on taking half in,” Symonds said.
“It be no longer supreme but I invent no longer mediate any formula or any structure transferring ahead is supreme; there’s no longer any supreme scenario with the concern around the country.
“I’m definite all diversified groups are within the identical boat and we’ll attain whatever is geared up to be obvious that now we have a fleshy competitors and confidently at the top of it have a premier.
“Sure, we would esteem no longer to play twice towards groups, but if now we have to, we’ll attain it.”
Demons coach Mick Stinear furthermore conception it is a “immense ride”.
“The AFL has handled it in fact well. Obviously it be no longer supreme to have to shift groups and relocate with workers and players enthusiastic,” he said.
“By the top of the home and away season, the one groups will dwelling themselves within the top-six.
“If they had to play a team twice then so be it. I mediate it be a valid ride to wait on the competitors going.”
The 2020 season ended without a premiership winner due to the season being cancelled per week into the finals because the coronavirus pandemic first changed the formula of lifestyles in Australia.
Collingwood will plod into a blockbuster spherical-six clash with the Western Bulldogs next Sunday because the one undefeated team after Fremantle had been upset by the Brisbane Lions on Saturday – the Dockers’ first loss since 2019.
Meanwhile, Adelaide overwhelmed St Kilda to make stronger their premiership credentials, while the Eagles secured their first clutch of the season with an intriguing one-point triumph over Gold Fly on Sunday.