We were all keeping our fingers and toes crossed that the Eagles and Dockers would remain in Perth but, as Mark McGowan might put it, those east coast teams are a little bit pampered so it’s just been announced that the teams will be moving to the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast to kick off the AFL season.
The plan is to remain there for the first four weeks and then re-assess when WA moves into Phase Three of COVID roadmap which will hopefully see the easing of some travel restrictions—though to be honest, our mate Mark has made it pretty clear the interstate border will be the last thing to go. Once the four weeks are up, the Eagles and Dockers will be hoping to get a good run of home games to avoid more travel.
General manager of football at WCE Craig Vozzo has said the Royal Pines Resort and the Gold Coast is “a good fit for our football club in terms of climate and facilities. It’s a good opportunity to gather with some space and there’s good availability for ovals, gyms and aquatic facilities.”
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has just announced the AFL season will begin on 11 June with a fluid fixture which will be released in the next 10 days.
Keep up to date with what's going on with the AFL 2020 season here.
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