There’s a ‘strong indication’ that more players will be force into quarantine as more exposure sites pop up.
Plus the AFL is close to locking in its re-jigged Round 19 fixture.
Get all the latest AFL-related COVID-19 news in our live blog below.
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12:30PM – AFL CLOSE TO LOCKING IN ROUND 19 FIXTURE
The AFL is close to locking in its modified Round 19 fixture for this weekend’s games.
Senior foxfooty.com.au reporter Tom Morris revealed that the league will likely unveil the official fixture on Monday afternoon, while the times of Sunday games will likely remain up in the air.
It includes three matches getting brought forward from Round 20 to accommodate for the border closures.
LIKELY ROUND 19 FIXTURE
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)
12PM – MORE PLAYERS COULD BE FORCED TO QUARANTINE AS EXPOSURE SITES GROWS
More players could be forced to quarantine as Victoria’s list of exposure sites grows, reports Triple M’s Tom Browne.
Victoria’s lockdown has been extended beyond midnight tomorrow after the state recorded 12 new local cases of COVID-19.
Victoria’s list of exposure sites has reached almost 280, including in popular areas like Richmond, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Abbotsford, Docklands and South Melbourne.
“With the number of exposure sites around common areas players live, particularly Richmond, there is a strong indication more players will be forced into isolation,” Browne tweeted.
He added that the AFL has no plans to bring forward the bye and wants to keep it in the event of a bigger crisis.
12:20PM – SAINTS DEFENDER STAYS IN MELBOURNE AFTER ATTENDING RUGBY
Upgraded to a Tier 2 exposure site, the match forced 15 players and staff from the Swans and Giants into self isolation.
While it remains unclear which tier he’s categorised by, the Irishman didn’t fly west with his fellow Saints for this weekend’s clash against West Coast.
Gun ruckman Rowan Marshall also attended the rugby match but made the trip to Western Australia.
Joyce – who was an emergency for the weekend’s loss to Port Adelaide – was in the mix to replace Tom Highmore – who is in doubt to face the Eagles with a hand injury.
10AM – BULLDOGS STAR ENTERS QUARANTINE
Western Bulldogs star Josh Dunkley is the latest player to enter a 14-day quarantine period after attended a cafe last week which was later declared a hot spot.
The gun midfielder’s self-isolation period runs from when he attended the site until Wednesday July 28.
Dunkley returned two negative Covid tests but remains sidelined for his team’s Round 19 game this weekend.
The 24-year old had just returned on the weekend for his first match since Round 6 after undergoing a shoulder reconstruction.
SUNDAY – 15 STAFF AND PLAYERS FROM SWANS AND GIANTS FORCED TO ISOLATE
An unprecedented pre-game Covid setback hit the Giants and Swans on Sunday, with 15 players and staff forced into quarantine after attending last week’s rugby Test between the Wallabies and France in Melbourne – which was upgraded to a Tier 2 exposure site.
Five players from the Sydney derby – Sydney’s Callum Mills, Harry Cunningham and Colin O’Riordan and GWS’ Toby Greene and Matt de Boer – were forced to withdrawal from the game.
Giants Kieren Briggs and Jake Stein also attended the rugby match but weren’t selected for Sunday’s clash.
The Herald Sun’sJon Ralph reports that the aforementioned eight players will have their quarantine period backdated to last Tuesday, but will miss their Round 19 matches.
Under Victoria legislation, Tier 2 contacts must isolate until they return a negative test, while in Queensland, they must quarantine until notified by the state’s Department of Health.