Sumary of Crows and Port flee Adelaide ahead of SA lockdown, another AFL player in self-isolation:
- Adelaide and Port Adelaide have fled South Australia as star St Kilda ruckman Rowan Marshall was forced into quarantine on a day of high drama in the AFL.
- Port Adelaide was originally set to host Collingwood at Adelaide Oval on Friday night, with the Crows to host Hawthorn at the same venue the following night.
- The AFL had considered numerous alternatives, with the prospect of a showdown between Port Adelaide and Adelaide in the planning at one point before that idea was quashed by the SA state government.
- “We had not been able to secure an exemption for the SA-based teams to train over the next week and this afternoon we were informed that the SA government could not provide permission for any games in Adelaide to go ahead on the weekend,” AFL fixture boss Travis Auld said.
- “LoadingAdelaide was not the only place experiencing COVID chaos.
- St Kilda staff and players were forced to isolate in their hotel rooms in Perth for more than 15 hours after Marshall discovered he had been to a tier 1 COVID exposure site in Melbourne last week.
- Marshall and teammate Darragh Joyce headed to last week’s Wallabies Test against France at AAMI Park in Melbourne before going to the Precinct Bar after the game.
- The pair will miss Saturday’s clash against West Coast and will not be able to leave isolation until July 27.Joyce did not travel with the team to Perth but Saints players were forced to isolate in their rooms once Marshall’s link to the COVID exposure site was discovered.