Perth grand final not certain, but WA is working to ‘strict’ guidelines
Washington Prime Minister Mark McGowan has denied that Perth has secured the grand finale, but says his administration is working to “very strict guidelines” as discussions with the AFL continue.
McGowan said it would be a “wise call” for the AFL to vaccinate all players before any game that takes place in Perth.
AFL clubs have been told that the pre-final goodbye has been scrapped, with the week off as a floating option until the final. It could be used before the preliminary final or even the grand final, depending on the border and quarantine issues of the clubs.
“If circumstances require in the run-up to the 2021 AFL Grand Final, then we have the ability to pause for a week, ensuring that we fulfill our commitment to provide the two competing clubs, their members and fans , the biggest and best sport event of the year, ”said Travis Auld, general manager of AFL clubs and broadcasting.
At this point, the grand finale will go ahead on Saturday, September 25, and it won’t be a week early. “
When asked specifically about reports that his status had secured the grand finale, McGowan said: “That has not been achieved at this time but obviously we are working with the AFL on very strict guidelines on all of these issues, and I don’t think the AFL has made that decision yet. “
McGowan said interstate players would not be able to bring their partners and families to WA.
“As we said, our intention is that those types of groups are not allowed to join the players that enter, it would be a very strict and strict regime,” he said.
AFL President Richard Goyder and CEO Gillon McLachlan remain in talks with the Queensland, South Australian and WA governments, as well as health officials, about organizing the grand finale in the event that have to be replaced by the MCG.
The AFL and WA government will also have to confirm quarantine plans and centers.
“It would be decisions where we will have to work with the health director, but I would hope that most footballers, in fact, all, are probably vaccinated, I certainly would have thought that it would have been a wise decision by the AFL,” McGowan said.
“But I understand that our police and our health officials are working with the AFL right now on what the protocols will be.”
The AFL has been contacted to comment on the players’ vaccinations.
Round 23 updates (all AEST times):
- Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide, Marvel Stadium at 7:50 pm on Friday, August 20. The AFL, Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide have agreed to strict travel arrangements and other protocols approved by the South Australian Government. Port Adelaide will fly and fly for the match via charter flight.
- Sydney Swans v Gold Coast Suns, Marvel Stadium at 1:45 pm on Saturday, August 21.
- Richmond v Hawthorn, MCG at 1:35 pm on Saturday, August 21.
- Brisbane Lions v West Coast Eagles, Gabba at 4:35 pm on Saturday, August 21.
- Geelong Cats v Melbourne, GMHBA Stadium at 7:25 pm on Saturday, August 21.
- Carlton v GWS, Marvel Stadium at 7:40 pm on Saturday, August 21.
- St Kilda v Fremantle will take place at 12:15 pm on Sunday, August 22 with the venue to be confirmed.
- Essendon v Collingwood, MCG at 3:20 pm on Sunday, August 22.
- Adelaide Crows v North Melbourne, Adelaide Oval at 4:40 pm (4:10 pm local) on Sunday, August 22. The AFL, Crows and North Melbourne have agreed to strict travel arrangements and other protocols approved by the South Australian Government. North Melbourne will fly in and out for Sunday’s game on a charter flight.