Two major football announcements were dropped over the weekend with the AFL marking its return for mid-June and local football clubs allowed to train in small groups from next Monday.
Football fans rejoiced with the news that elite footy will resume its premiership season from June 11 with just one round transpired in mid-March before coronavirus hit and 144 games plus finals still to be played to make up a full season.
The AFL’s four teams from WA and SA will be stationed out of the Gold Coast after their state governments declined to make an exception for players coming in and out of their borders and the grand final is expected to be played in mid to late October.
AFL players and officials will be held to strict rules, they will be temperature tested every time they enter club facilities, they will train in smaller groups, the movement of players and officials outside of training will be restricted and players and staff will be tested 24 hours before games.
AFL teams are currently able to train and will resume full contact training on May 25, next Monday, the same day that grassroot Victorian clubs are permitted to return to the track for heavily modified training.
AFL Victoria, which disallowed club-sanctioned training this time last week despite the State Government relaxing restrictions to allow 10 people to gather outdoors, announced on Saturday that leagues around the state are now permitted to organise training with 10 or less players or two groups of 10 on the same oval as long as they are distanced.
The group of 10 does not include a coach or the minimum number of support staff who are reasonably required to manage the activity and clubs must have the green light from their leagues.
For more on this story see the Back Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, May 19