Crowds are set to be permitted at all AFLW games this weekend – for now – with three pairs of unbeaten sides to square off in round three.
The AFL finally released a revised round three fixture on Monday, however tickets won’t go on sale until Thursday, for the round’s opener, and Friday, for the rest of the weekend games, an acknowledgment that the volatile situation with state borders could force another reshuffle.
Melbourne and North are set to square off this week. Credit:Getty Images
Having beaten Carlton and Geelong in the opening two rounds, Collingwood will travel to Brisbane for a game at Hickey Park on Sunday afternoon, while Melbourne and North Melbourne, also with unblemished records thus far in 2021, will be in action at Casey Fields on Saturday night. Adelaide are set to do battle with Fremantle at Norwood on Sunday, with both sides winning their first two matches for the season.
St Kilda will duel with winless Carlton at Moorabbin in a Saturday twilight game, the Blues’ first trip to the venue in competition history.
Richmond meet West Coast at Punt Road on Sunday in what shapes as the Tigers’ best chance yet to record an AFLW victory.
Geelong will kick off the round against the Western Bulldogs at GMHBA Stadium on Friday night. Greater Western Sydney host Gold Coast at Blacktown on Saturday.
“These continue to be unprecedented times and the fixture this year will continue to respond to and reflect the situation across [the] country,” AFL women’s chief Nicole Livingstone said.
“We will continue to remain as adaptable as we listen to and work closely with each stakeholder to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone in the game. While COVID-19 continues to impact the community, the health and welfare of our players and the community remains the priority and we remain committed to delivering a full season in a safe manner, anchored in the advice of respective governments, public health officials and medical experts.
“On behalf of the AFL, I want to thank all clubs, players and the AFLPA, umpires, venues, governments and our broadcast and commercial partners for their understanding and continued support of the NAB AFL women’s competition. I also want to acknowledge the ongoing support from the AFLW football community this season through memberships, attendances and broadcasts.”
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