The AFL has moved its two Melbourne-based fixtures for Round 14 to Tasmania.
As reported by foxfooty.com.au on Monday afternoon, North Melbourne will play Brisbane in Hobart on Saturday afternoon, while Hawthorn will host Essendon in Launceston on Sunday.
The Geelong-Bulldogs Friday night game will be played at GMHBA Stadium, but in front of no fans.
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The league had been hopeful the Victorian Government would allow reduced capacities at Marvel Stadium and the MCG.
It was the Cats’ preference to keep their game in Geelong rather than move it and potentially host a crowd.
“While it is disappointing we are unable to host games in front of crowds in Victoria during Round 14, we hope the situation continues to trend favourably so we can welcome back members and supporters as soon as possible,” AFL executive general manager clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld said.
“The decision to relocate two games to Hobart and Launceston, was made in close consultation with each respective home team and the Tasmanian Government having regard to the broader connection each home club has in Tasmania and to allow for members and supporters in Tasmania to attend the games.
“The Geelong Cats vs. Western Bulldogs match will continue to be played at GMHBA Stadium with no crowds as per current Victorian Government advice – the decision to continue to play this match at GMHBA Stadium was made in consultation with the home team and was in line with their preference not to move the game.
“We will continue to closely monitor the situation in Victoria and work with the Victorian Government and other state and territory governments, with the fixture remaining a week-to-week proposition for now.”
AFL ROUND 14 FIXTURE (All times AEST)
Friday 18 June
Geelong v Western Bulldogs, 7.50pm (GMHBA Stadium)
Saturday 19 June
Gold Coast Suns v Port Adelaide, 1.45pm (Metricon Stadium)
North Melbourne v Brisbane Lions, 4.35pm (Blundstone Arena)
GWS Giants v Carlton, 7.25pm (GIANTS Stadium)
Sunday June 20
Hawthorn v Essendon, 3.20pm (UTAS Stadium)