West Coast’s WA hub stint has officially come to an end, with their round 14 fixture confirmed against Richmond at Metricon Stadium.
The mouth-watering clash will be part of a Thursday double-header, as Hawthorn and Essendon do battle on the same night at Adelaide Oval.
The Eagles were poised to take on Richmond in round five before a last-minute switch saw them face the Swans due to the evolving coronavirus crisis in Victoria.
Meanwhile Fremantle will face GWS in round 14 on a date yet to be confirmed. The full remaining home-and-away fixtures are set to be released this afternoon.
West Coast’s road trip back to Queensland will signal the beginning of their second hub this season, with the 2018 premiers and Dockers to complete the season in the Sunshine State.
Fremantle will initially be based in Cairns along with the Sydney Swans.
If WA’s finals bid is unsuccessful, it means no more football will be played at Optus Stadium in 2020 after Fremantle’s round 14 clash against the Giants.
In a blow for North Melbourne and Hawthorn, Tasmania hasn’t been included in the next block of fixtures as the AFL battles with their tight border measures.
SEN reports the league has told the two clubs, who hold a deal with the Tasmanian Government to play home games in the Apple Isle, their matches will be moved there if the border re-opens on August 31.
15 out of the 18 clubs are expected to see out the season in Queensland, with only Hawthorn, Adelaide and Port Adelaide to be based outside of the ‘new Victoria’.
Those three teams will be based in South Australia to offer Metricon Stadium and the Gabba’s surfaces a small amount of relief.
More to come.