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Crows-Cats cancelled: What does it mean?

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THE AFL has announced round 14 will continue in the wake of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh's death, with only Sunday's match between the Crows and Geelong to be cancelled.

The implications of the cancelled match between Adelaide and Geelong are many and varied.

Keep checking back to across the weekend to stay updated with the latest information as it comes to hand. 

What happens to Adelaide and Geelong's premiership points and positions on the ladder?
Each team will be awarded two premiership points – the same as after a drawn game - for Sunday's cancelled match. The Crows will have 30 premiership points after round 14 is completed. The Cats will have 26 premiership points. Both teams' percentage will remain unchanged.

What will happen at Adelaide Oval on Sunday?
Footy supporters have been invited to visit Adelaide Oval on Sunday with gates opening at 2:30pm local time. A siren will sound at 2.50pm local time, the same time the match was planned to begin, and those attending can then have a kick on the ground, before the stadium closes its doors at 4pm. It is not known if the Crows' players or staff will be at the ground.

Are the remaining seven matches in round 14 going ahead?
Yes. The fixture remains the same for every other match yet to be played. 

Have any start times for matches been changed?
Yes. The following changes have been made to allow for a minute's silence before each match to honour the life of Phil Walsh.

Saturday, July 4
Gold Coast Suns v North Melbourne
Metricon Stadium
New start time – 4:40pm EST (previously 4:35pm EST)

Saturday, July 4
Western Bulldogs v Carlton
Etihad Stadium
New start time – 7:30pm EST (previously 7:20pm EST)

The match start times for the other Round 14 matches will remain as originally scheduled as these start times sufficiently allow for a minute's silence before those respective matches. 

How will supporters who bought tickets to the Adelaide v Geelong match be refunded?
Adelaide Oval ticket provider Ticketek will automatically refund any credit card purchases direct to customers' accounts within 7-10 days. Customers who paid cash or EFTPOS can either go to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Box Office – open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm - at 98 Port Road, Hindmarsh, South Australia or post their tickets to PO Box 596, Hindmarsh, 5007 for refund processing. Ticketek has requested fans do not contact the call centre as all tickets will be processed in the manner listed above. 

What about fans who have travelled or were planning to travel to Adelaide for the game?
The AFL is liaising with its official partners about this issue. and club websites will keep members and supporters updated on arrangements.

Virgin Australia, the AFL's official airline, has released the following statement:
"We are deeply saddened by the news of Phil Walsh’s death and our thoughts are with his family, Adelaide Football Club and the AFL community. Following the cancellation of the match between Adelaide and Geelong, Virgin Australia is offering a travel credit to any guest who had planned to travel to Adelaide for the match this weekend. This can be arranged by calling our Guest Contact Centre on 13 67 89 or by contacting their travel agent." 

Qantas encouraged fans with planned travel to Adelaide to contact 13 13 13 for options.

How will TV and radio coverage be affected? 
The Seven Network, which was due to broadcast the cancelled Adelaide v Geelong game, will now cover Essendon v St Kilda game on delay. 

Essendon v St Kilda will therefore be broadcast live nationally on the Fox Footy Channel, broadcast commencing from 1pm EST and also on delay on the Seven Network in its previously scheduled Sunday timeslots - Melbourne 3pm EST on Channel 7; Adelaide 2:30pm CST on Channel 7; Sydney 3:00pm EST on 7Mate.  Regional networks will follow metro times accordingly.

Separately, Triple M, 3AW and FIVEaa radio partners that were going to broadcast the match at Adelaide Oval will now provide coverage of the match at Etihad Stadium.

What about Adelaide's SANFL team? 
The scheduled South Adelaide v Adelaide game has been postponed. As it was the scheduled SANFL broadcast match for round 12, Channel Seven will now show the West Adelaide v Eagles game instead.

How will the cancelled game affect AFL Fantasy teams?
All Adelaide and Geelong players listed to play this weekend will be awarded their season points average. Any new players who have not previously scored will be awarded points in line with their breakeven score. Throughout the weekend, Geelong and Adelaide players will appear as BYE' – until the points are awarded at the end of the round, not during games as normal. Fantasy lockout will be lifted slightly later than usual on Sunday night once the round is complete. 

What will happen with footy tipping?
Tipsters will be awarded one tip for the cancelled Crows-Cats clash.

What is Geelong planning for this weekend?
The Cats will train as scheduled on Saturday as the club revises their program after Sunday's game against Adelaide was cancelled. The Cats' VFL team, due to play Casey Scorpions on Saturday afternoon, may include players returning from injury such as Jimmy Bartel who was named in the 25-man squad to play in Adelaide on Sunday. However it is unlikely Geelong will name a markedly different VFL team from the one that would have played against Casey Scorpions if the AFL game had not been cancelled. Bartel was on an extended bench that included potential first gamer Jarrad Jansen, Dawson Simpson, Billie Smedts, Jake Kolodjashnij, Jed Bews, Michael Luxford and Josh Walker. The Cats will have had a 20-day break between games when they play North Melbourne next Saturday night at Etihad Stadium but they had no hesitation in agreeing that cancelling Sunday's game was appropriate.  

Will Brownlow Medal votes be awarded for round 14 games?
Yes, with the exception of the cancelled game. The umpires will award 3-2-1 votes to the best players on the ground in the eight other games for round 14.

No Brownlow votes will be awarded for the cancelled Adelaide-Geelong match. Adelaide and Geelong players will have one less match to poll, which is unprecedented, but the AFL views as the best outcome and does not consider it proper to cancel overall voting.

How will the other games pay their respects?

Players, officials and umpires to wear black armbands.
Usual match day club activities such as guards of honour for the team onto the ground, countdowns and pre-banner tracks will not proceed.
Banners and theme songs for team entry will not proceed.
A minute's silence to take place at all matches. A tribute video will be displayed on the scoreboard.

Regular in-match club activities that have occurred at quarter-time, half-time and three-quarter time activations will not proceed.
Auskick will proceed as usual.

The winning theme song will not be played in venue post-game.
Clubs have been asked to consider not to sing the theme song in the dressing rooms post match.
Scheduled post-match club activities will not proceed.