Giants to host Suns in Ballarat AFL conflict

2021-07-06 10:20:01

GWS will ‘host’ Gold Coast at Mars Stadium in Ballarat on Sunday, however the Giants are hopeful of taking part in their AFL derby towards Sydney at dwelling subsequent week.

The Giants have been pressured to stay and play exterior of NSW since June 22 due to a COVID-19 outbreak, with the AFL saying on Tuesday that Ballarat would be the location of their newest fixture.

GWS have by no means performed at Mars Stadium whereas the Suns performed there in spherical seven of 2018, after they misplaced to the Bulldogs by 9 factors.

The stadium was redeveloped in 2016 and might maintain 11,000 followers.

The conflict will start at 12.40pm AEST on Sunday.

Regardless of NSW nonetheless being in lockdown and recording 18 new COVID-19 instances on Tuesday, the Giants have not given up hope of having the ability to return dwelling subsequent week to host Sydney.

“With spherical 18 shortly approaching, we’re hopeful of nonetheless taking part in the Sydney derby in entrance of our members and followers at Giants Stadium,” GWS chief government David Matthews stated.

Matthews stated the membership had explored the choice of taking part in the Suns in Canberra this week.

“We have labored carefully with the ACT Authorities and been in common contact with regard to what alternatives there are to play further dwelling video games in Canberra this 12 months,” Matthews stated.

“With the present restrictions in place and the uncertainty relating to the evolving COVID scenario, it was agreed that regional Victoria was probably the most appropriate venue for this specific match.

“The ACT continues to be an important area for the Giants and we’ll proceed to work carefully with the ACT Authorities relating to the remainder of the 2021 season.”

The AFL will quickly announce the venue of Brisbane’s conflict with St Kilda – the final remaining jigsaw piece for this spherical.

The sport was initially set to be on the Gabba, however the AFL will additional monitor the COVID-19 scenario in Queensland earlier than making a name on the venue.

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