The AFL has today advised the scheduled fixture between the Gold Coast SUNS and Brisbane Lions would not go ahead as planned this weekend after a number of SUNS players and staff entered the AFL Health and Safety Protocols this week.
As a result the SUNS will not play an AFLW match this weekend and the club is working closely with the AFL on upcoming fixturing arrangements.
AFL General Manager Competition Management Laura Kane thanked each Club and everyone involved for their understanding and adaptability as the league navigated the situation.
“While COVID-19 continues to impact the competition, the health and welfare of those in our game and the wider community remains the priority,” Ms. Kane said.
“In line with the AFLW’s Covid Match Rescheduling Guidelines – which states a team is required to have a minimum 16 primary-listed players and five train-on players available to play – the league received requests from three clubs which detailed multiple players from each respective Club’s AFLW program had entered into AFL Health and Safety Protocols this week.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and will work closely with both clubs on a revised fixture and, together with the AFLPA, support all players impacted.
“We remain committed to delivering a full season in a safe manner anchored in the advice of respective governments and public health officials.”
GC SUNS Head of Women’s Football Fiona Sessarago said the club would continue to be flexible as it navigates the COVID landscape.
“It is extremely unfortunate that we aren’t able to go ahead with our first game at Metricon Stadium of the AFLW season this weekend in what was a big occasion with both QClash and Pride Round,” Sessarago said.
“The health and safety of our players, staff, members and fans remains the highest priority at all times.”
The Gold Coast SUNS AFLW Program will continue to operate in line with Government Health and Safety protocols.
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