FORMER Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak has called on the AFL to even up fixture inequalities between Victorian and non-Victorian sides.
The League stepped in last week to make sure players in Western Australia and South Australia could only train in pairs across the competition, despite both state governments lifting the limit on outdoor gatherings to 10 people under COVID-19 restrictions.
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Power midfielder Tom Rockliff said the AFL generally "has a bias towards Victorian teams" but his teammate Boak understood why the decision had been made while Victorian clubs could still only train in pairs.
"To be perfectly honest, I understand where the AFL sit with it, and I get that we want to start together and that's where it sits. Obviously, it's a little bit frustrating and I don't know where it would have been if Victorian clubs were able to train and we weren't, but in this situation I get it and understand it," Boak told SEN on Monday.
"But I think there is some things that certainly need to change to make sure interstate clubs are looked after a little bit better."
Boak said the capacity for some Victorian sides to play blocks of games at their home ground, compared to the Power who travel largely every second week throughout a regular home and away season, was a major issue.
The 31-year-old, who claimed last year's club best and fairest after a brilliant return to form, said it is an important area of the game to level.
"The biggest thing that's been talked about is the games the Victorian clubs have at home at the MCG, the big run they have. Obviously Richmond had a really good run leading up to their finals campaign not long ago," he said.
"The amount of travel interstate clubs have becomes pretty taxing, and I think that needs to be looked at a little bit more."
Reigning premiers Richmond played seven straight games at its home ground the MCG in the lead-up to last year's finals series.
"To have clubs in Melbourne spending seven weeks in a row at the MCG is probably…the biggest outlier here and that's what needs to change," Boak said.
"If it stays the same and we're [travelling] week on, week off, I get that, but as long as there's clubs in Melbourne that aren't seven weeks at home."