Geelong v Western Bulldogs AFLW clash in doubt
Saturday night’s AFLW game between Geelong and the Western Bulldogs at GMHBA Stadium is in doubt due to the number of Bulldogs players isolating under state government and AFL COVID-19 protocols.
The league is yet to decide whether the game will go ahead, with each team needing 16 senior-listed players available to play under the AFL’s rules, with top-up players used to supplement the team.
The Bulldogs’ Saturday night game is in doubt because a number of their players are isolating.Credit:Getty Images
All clubs are grappling with players being sidelined due to testing positive for COVID-19 or being a close contact of a person with the virus and interruptions and postponements are expected throughout the season.
However, as long as 16 senior players are available, the AFL is determined to push on wherever possible, regardless of the depth of talent missing in a team from week to week.
League sources said it was unlikely a decision would be made before Thursday, as the situation still remained uncertain around the availability of players and at this stage, only one game was potentially affected.
West Coast and Fremantle are playing their matches in Victoria this weekend due to the border restrictions in Western Australia.
The Western Bulldogs have been contacted for comment.
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