Rugby League

Saints, Cats and Roos get all clear to travel out of Victoria for games

Geelong, St Kilda and North Melbourne have all received exemptions to travel interstate from Victoria for their round 13 matches, but must adhere to strict health protocols to play their games.

The Cats will fly in and out of South Australia on Thursday in a charter plane to play Port Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval that night.

The Saints have been granted an exemption to play in Queensland. Credit:Getty Images

The SCG had been on standby to host the game, but instead St Kilda will fly into Queensland on Friday for their Saturday game against Adelaide in Cairns, and will only be able to leave hotel quarantine to play.

The Kangaroos will fly in and out of Tasmania on Sunday for their game against GWS that day at Blundstone Arena.

These arrangements are in addition to previously announced changes for the round. The West Coast and Richmond match at Optus Stadium was brought forward to round 13 (they will have their byes in round 14), and the Queen’s Birthday match between Collingwood and Melbourne will be played at the SCG.

AFL broadcasting and clubs boss Travis Auld said the safety of the community, staff and players was at the forefront of the fixture arrangements.

“On behalf of the AFL I would like to thank all respective state governments, each club, players, the AFLPA, umpires, broadcast partners, venues and all football fans for their continued patience and understanding as we all continue to navigate through the pandemic,” Auld said.

“We will continue to closely monitor the situation in the community with the fixture, at this stage, remaining a week-to-week proposition.

“We thank everyone in the game for their patience and understanding as we worked through finalising arrangements for round 13.”

Tickets for matches at Cazalys Stadium in Cairns, Blundstone Arena and the SCG will go on sale on Tuesday afternoon via Ticketek.

There will be no matches played in Victoria in round 13 because of the state’s lockdown.

The Age reported on Monday that the AFL hopes to have small crowds, potentially capped at 20,000, for round 14 in Victoria.

Geelong have been forced into lockdown in Victoria ahead of their trip to South Australia.

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