Avid surfer Nat Fyfe will not be allowed to surf. Picture: @natfyfe Instagram

PLAYERS based in Gold Coast high performance centres will be allowed to use the region's internationally renowned surf beaches - but only for club-organised training purposes and not surfing.

And despite residing on world class golf resorts at Palm Meadows – where Adelaide and Port Adelaide will be based – and Royal Pines (West Coast and Fremantle), golf is expected to be banned.

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The AFL is finalising health and infection control protocols for players and officials from the four clubs, with general manager AFL Growth Digital and Audiences Darren Birch on the Gold Coast this week to scope the accommodation and training facilities.

Palm Meadows Golf Course and hotel. Picture: palmmeadows.com.au

Birch will manage all aspects of the centres when they are activated for use.

With the 2020 AFL season to resume on Thursday, June 11 - with a Collingwood-Richmond match at the MCG likely to be the return game - West Coast and Fremantle are expected to be set up on the Gold Coast by Tuesday, June 9.

The Crows and Power will probably arrive a week later, now that they are preparing to play a Showdown in Adelaide on the June 13-14 weekend.


The WA and SA teams will play a series of matches against themselves, and Brisbane and Gold Coast.

The AFL is continuing to thrash out all fixturing scenarios and will wait until early next week to reveal rounds two, three, four and five of the 2020 season, which was suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak after round one.

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Discussions have been had about a Geelong-Hawthorn game being the second return match, on Friday June 12.

Rounds six through nine could be announced after the completion of round three.


With all state governments beginning to significantly relax COVID-19 restrictions in recent weeks, the AFL remains hopeful that it will be able to adopt its preferred fly-in, fly-out model of fixturing at some stage of the remaining 16 weekends of home-and-away programming.

The border controls of WA will prove problematic for some time, though, and the Eagles and Dockers are aware they may be asked to be based in south-east Queensland indefinitely.

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It is believed ovals at Southport, Broadbeach and Bond University are being considered for use for training by the clubs on the Gold Coast.

Families of players and officials from the four WA and SA clubs are permitted to attend.