ALL 10 Victorian AFL clubs will leave the state at the completion of their round five commitments this weekend, with their return dates unknown.
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The AFL on Friday released rounds six and seven fixtures of the 2020 AFL season, with a Geelong-Brisbane Thursday night match at the SCG to commence round six.
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All nine matches of round six will be played in Sydney – at the SCG and Giants Stadium - and south-east Queensland – the Gabba and Metricon Stadium.
In round seven, Perth's Optus Stadium will be used for two games - Geelong versus Collingwood on Thursday July 16, and a Fremantle-West Coast derby on the Sunday – and Adelaide Oval will resume hosting matches, with a Crows-St Kilda match on Monday night.
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Twelve teams will be on the Gold Coast for round six matches – Fremantle, West Coast, Adelaide and Port Adelaide (who have already been based there for the past month), St Kilda, Essendon, North Melbourne, GWS, Richmond, Sydney, Carlton and Western Bulldogs.
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Geelong, Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Collingwood and Hawthorn will be in Sydney.
The AFL needed to get the 10 Victorian clubs out of that state due to a worrying spike in the COVID-19 infection rate, a situation which has seen other states either ban those clubs from entry or place the strictest of regulations around their entry.
There is a belief among the Victorian clubs that they will not be returning for at least a month, that rounds eight and nine, at a minimum, will be added to their time away from Melbourne.
The Geelong-Collingwood match in Perth will have up to 30,000 spectators in attendance, as the WA government has allowed for a 50 per cent crowd capacity of Optus Stadium on that date.
For the derby three days later, a full house will be in attendance.
Thursday, July 9
Geelong v Brisbane, SCG, 7.40pm AEST
Friday, Jul 10
Collingwood v Hawthorn, Giants Stadium, 7.50pm AEST
Saturday, July 11
Fremantle v St Kilda, Metricon Stadium, 12.35pm AEST
West Coast v Adelaide, Gabba, 3.05pm AEST
Melbourne v Gold Coast, Giants Stadium, 6.05pm AEST
Essendon v North Melbourne, Metricon Stadium, 7.40pm AEST
Sunday, July 12
Port Adelaide v GWS, Metricon Stadium, 1.05pm AEST
Richmond v Sydney, Gabba, 3.35pm AEST
Carlton v Western Bulldogs, Metricon Stadium, 6.45pm AEST
Thursday, July 16
Geelong v Collingwood, Optus Stadium. 6.10pm AWST, 8.10 AEST
Friday, July 17
Essendon v Western Bulldogs, Metricon Stadium, 7.50pm AEST
Saturday, July 18
GWS v Brisbane, Giants Stadium, 1.45pm AEST
Sydney v Gold Coast, SCG, 4.35pm AEST
Richmond v North Melbourne, Metricon Stadium, 7.40pm AEST
Sunday, July 19
Carlton v Port Adelaide, Gabba, 1.05pm AEST
Hawthorn v Melbourne, Giants Stadium, 3.35pm AEST
Fremantle v West Coast, Optus Stadium, 4.35pm AWST, 6.35pm AEST
Monday, July 20
Adelaide v St Kilda, Adelaide Oval, 7.10pm ACST, 7.40pm AEST