Thursday night’s blockbuster between Brisbane and Collingwood appears certain to be moved after parts of Queensland were forced into a lockdown.
Greater Brisbane will go into a three-day lockdown from 5pm today after the state recorded four new community cases of COVID-19 overnight.
The Lions remain in Victoria after playing Geelong on Friday night, with the team unable to fly out of the state.
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Foxfooty.com.au senior AFL reporter Tom Morris revealed coaches and players were forced off the bus on Sunday after preparing to head to the airport for a flight back.
Brisbane was finally able to board a bus on Monday, but it was only as far as Port Melbourne, where the club is allowed to train. Players are starring down the barrel of an extended period of time away from family with the new lockdown coming into effect in coming hours.
Some Lions players were forced to head to shopping centres on Sunday and purchase new clothes, given they had not anticipated to be outside Queensland for more than two nights, with a negative batch of COVID-19 tests received.
Before the announcement by the Queensland Premier, footy boss Danny Daly had told Brisbane’s Radio TAB the club was expecting to fly home on Monday afternoon.
As reported by foxfooty.com.au on Saturday night, Collingwood is lobbying to play the match at Marvel Stadium.
Under Collingwood’s plan – which has not been accepted by the AFL – the Lions would visit Marvel on Thursday and the Magpies would fly to the Gabba in Round 22. The MCG is also an option for the AFL.
With Queensland’s latest COVID announcement, other states could implement a harder border closure. It could then also effect the Gold Coast Suns and flow on fixtures in coming rounds.
The Lions are fixtured to play at home in Round 3 and 5, while the Suns play in Queensland in Round 4 and 6.
The AFL is set to work through the fixture conundrum on Monday.