GEELONG and Collingwood will play each other in the AFL round seven Friday night marquee slot – in Perth.
The AFL confirmed on Thursday the Cats and Pies would head to Perth to play that match and subsequent games against West Coast and Fremantle, as part of the next phase of AFL fixturing to work around the extraordinary constraints related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The round seven fixture of the disrupted 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season also includes a Fremantle-West Coast derby on Sunday July 19.
The Dockers and Eagles, based in a Gold Coast hub since the season's resumption in round two, will fly back to Perth after their commitments in round six, and will play each other in front of a packed Optus Stadium.
As per Western Australian regulations, players from those clubs will need to home-isolate for 14 days, but special dispensation has been granted for them to play the derby within that period.
The Cats-Pies match in round seven will be allowed to be attended by 30,000 spectators, as WA premier Mark McGowan has allowed 50 per cent capacity for WA stadiums on that day.
Full capacity has been granted from July 18, which allows for the full-house for the derby two days later.
With West Coast and Fremantle players allowed to quarantine in their homes when they return to Perth, Geelong and Collingwood are likely to be required to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days.
But the WA government has permitted them to train and play each other within that timeframe.
In round seven, on the same day as the Perth derby, there will be a rematch of last year's Grand Final, when Richmond plays GWS at the MCG.
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The Adelaide teams, the Crows and Power, having been based in the south-east Queensland hub for rounds three to five, will both travel to Melbourne in round seven, respectively to play North Melbourne and St Kilda.
Round six will begin with a St Kilda-Geelong match at Marvel Stadium on Thursday July 9, followed by Collingwood versus Brisbane at the MCG the next night.
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Thursday, July 16
Essendon v Hawthorn, Marvel Stadium (SEVEN), 7.40pm AEST
Friday, July 17
Geelong v Collingwood, Optus Stadium (SEVEN), 6:10pm AWST, 8.10pm AEST
Saturday, July 18
Sydney v Brisbane, SCG (FOX), 1.45pm AEST
Melbourne v Western Bulldogs, MCG (FOX), 4.35pm AEST
Gold Coast v Carlton, Metricon Stadium (SEVEN), 7.40pm AEST
North Melbourne v Adelaide, Marvel Stadium (FOX), 7.40pm AEST
Sunday, July 19
St Kilda v Port Adelaide, Marvel Stadium (FOX), 1.05pm AEST
Richmond v Greater Western Sydney, MCG (SEVEN), 3.35pm AEST
Fremantle v West Coast, Optus Stadium (FOX), 4.35pm AWST, 6.35pm AEST