Club update: Fixture postponement
Wednesday June 2, 2021
Following today’s State Government announcement that Melbourne’s lockdown will be extended another seven days through to midnight Thursday 10th June, this weekend’s scheduled VFL and VFLW matches will not proceed as fixtured. The AFL are considering the re-fixture of those games and we will advise as soon as that information is received.
For those patrons who booked into our pre-game President’s brunch, our commercial team will be in touch with you to sort through refunds/rollover of bookings etc.
In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming you all to our next round of VFL and VFLW matches, which will be played at Downer Oval as a double-header on Saturday, June 12, being the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
We will put the official AFL confirmation of the match schedule for that weekend on our website as soon as received.
See below the AFL's official media release:
The AFL has today advised all VFL and VFLW Clubs that this weekend’s scheduled matches will not proceed as planned as a result of the Circuit Breaker Lockdown extension announced by the Victorian State Government today.
Outdoor physical recreation and sport will be closed across Metropolitan Melbourne during the seven-day circuit breaker extension period which continues from 11.59pm AEST Thursday June 3 and affects all VFL and VFLW matches scheduled for this weekend involving Victorian clubs.
The community sport restrictions apply to the VFL and rebel VFLW competitions.
VFL matches will be played in Queensland and New South Wales between non-Victorian teams this weekend as the AFL continues to navigate through a moving fixture to ensure games are played.
The Sydney Swans will host Southport at Tramway Oval, Sydney at 10.05am and Aspley will host Brisbane Lions at 1.05pm at Graham Rd, Aspley on Saturday June 5. Both games will be shown live and free on Kayo Freebies.
The fixture for both the VFL and rebel VFLW competitions will become a week-by-week proposition for the short-term and the AFL will continue to work with the Victorian Government and Health Officials on finding solutions for these competitions. The AFL is committed to working through the rounds plus finals to complete both seasons.
The AFL has prepared for this situation and the inclusion of byes for all VFL clubs provides flexibility with the fixture and allows for adjustments to be made. The rebel VFLW home and away season has two games remaining with a four-week finals series with flexibility in the calendar.
Training is permitted for players located in Regional Victoria with group sessions capped to a maximum of 10 players.
The AFL will continue to meet with all parties and review this decision based on the changing circumstances and advice from government and relevant health departments and medical experts. We will communicate any updates and provide advice in a timely manner.
We acknowledge this remains a complicated and rapidly evolving situation but as a football industry we will band together to support each other. This is a reminder that we are all part of a broader society with a responsibility to make sure our community remains safe.
The AFL would like to acknowledge the support of all industry stakeholders and the legion of fans and supporters for their patience during this time.
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