The AFL has today confirmed changes to the Gold Coast SUNS’ Round 4 NAB AFLW fixture.
Originally scheduled to host Richmond on Friday night, the SUNS will now play the Tigers on Sunday afternoon at 4:10pm AEST at Metricon Stadium.
The change in fixture gives the SUNS more time to allow players to be available after the club’s Round 3 match was postponed due to players being ruled out through the AFL Health and Safety Protocols.
GC SUNS Head of Women’s Football Fiona Sessarago said the players were eager to run out for their first home game this season.
“We’d like to thank the AFL for their ongoing understanding of our situation after our program has been disrupted recently due to players and staff entering the AFL Health and Safety Protocols,” Sessarago said.
“We’re not the first and won’t be the last team to be affected by COVID this season and it’s something we are committed to working through while ensuring the health and wellbeing of our players and staff remains paramount.
“We’re really excited to play our first home game this Sunday against Richmond and are looking forward to playing in front of our members and fans at Metricon Stadium.”
AFL General Manager Competition Management Laura Kane said while the ongoing pandemic continues to impact the 2022 NAB AFL Women’s Competition, the AFL remains committed to delivering a full season in a safe manner anchored in the advice of respective governments and public health officials.
“We remain committed to completing the season and awarding a Premier and the updates to the fixture aim to provide the competition with greater flexibility as we progress the season,” Ms. Kane said.
“The league will continue to work closely with each club and the AFLPA, and will remain led by the advice of respective state governments and relevant health authorities as we work through arrangements for the coming rounds.
“For the time being, the fixture remains a week-to-week proposition, and as such, we want to thank every AFLW Club, players and the AFLPA, umpires, venues, governments, ticketing agents and all supporters for their understanding.”
The SUNS will continue to work with the AFL on the rescheduling of the club’s Round 3 match.
For supporters who have purchased tickets to matches in Round Four, those tickets remain valid. The Ticketing Agent will be in contact should any ticket purchasers wish to receive a refund.