Cats, Dees to go to Perth as AFL waits on grand final confirmation
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Melbourne and Geelong will travel to Perth after their finals in Adelaide as the AFL prepares in advance for a potential preliminary and grand final in Perth.
The Demons, who will “host” Brisbane in a qualifying final in Adelaide this weekend, will go to Perth on Sunday after their game and, like Geelong, must be ready to remain there for the duration of the finals – depending on results.
The AFL is preparing for Perth to host a preliminary final and the grand final.Credit:Getty Images
The AFL is preparing for a Perth finale – the Demons and Cats would be expected to host preliminary finals in Perth if they won – but cannot confirm a venue for the grand final until the Victorian government gives the AFL consent to move it from the MCG, which is contracted to host the grand final until 2058.
That decision is unlikely to be confirmed until early next week, but the AFL has to prepare a step ahead to make Perth a viable host for the season’s biggest games due to quarantine requirements in Western Australia.
If Melbourne and Geelong lose, they could play in Perth in week two of the finals against the winners of the Bulldogs v Essendon elimination final and the Swans v GWS elimination final – both of which are being played in Launceston.
The Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide can still host home finals, as Port will against Geelong, at their home grounds, with both clubs seemingly guaranteed at least one further final at home, win or lose.
The finals bye remains a necessary card – the AFL has the grand final earmarked for Saturday September 25 – to allow for quarantine and COVID-19 restrictions.
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