The AFL has been scrambling with the battle to stay ahead of a COVID-19 outbreak which has plunged Melbourne and Victoria into a 7-day lockdown.
Border closures, team evacuations and fixture chaos, its an all too familiar for the AFL and its clubs.
Port Adelaide is also embroiled in the COVID scare. A fan attended their match against Collingwood where the Power cheer squad was located at the Punt Road end of the ground. To make matters worse for Port Adelaide, their players and staff had to isolate. It is alleged that they shared the flight home with fans who were believed to be in zone 4 of the Great Southern Stand.
Luckily, Port Adelaide confirmed on Thursday morning that all players and staff who undertook COVID tests all returned negative results on Thursday morning. The players as well as staff to resume training today.
The AFL and its players have seen this movie before. Last year the competition was a shell of itself with teams located in Hubs and playing the majority of its games with no fans in the stadiums. It has a familiar feeling this time around too.
Port Adelaide midfielder Karl Amon spoke to the media at Alberton on Thursday morning and was asked about what took place at the club yesterday:
“Our day off was already scheduled for yesterday so it’s not like our schedule changed. We just had to get a Covid test and wait for the result so it’s no distraction” Amon said.
“What we went through last season has prepared us to do whatever we need to this year to get the full season underway”.
After their one-point win over Collingwood on Sunday, attention now turns to a Fremantle side who accounted for Sydney by two points and currently sits just one game outside the top eight. It represents another challenge for Ken Hinkley’s side and Amon knows the midfield battle will go a long way in determining who takes the points:
“(Fremantle) are a good team. They’ve got some good experience around the ball in Mundy and Fyfe and a younger brigade in Cerra and Brayshaw so the midfielder will be a really good battle” said Amon.
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One player that has been out of form so far this season for the Power is young gun Connor Rozee. Despite averaging 15 disposals this season, the electric forward has only kicked six goals in his eight games. Amon said that they are trying to get him involved in the game as much as possible:
“Connor (Rozee) is not far off his best form. We’re trying to get the ball in his hands because once he has it he does some pretty special stuff”.
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