AFL makes 2021 finals announcement

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan is set to give an update on this season’s finals series just before 4pm AEST.

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As reported earlier by The Age, Melbourne and Geelong will travel to Perth after their finals in Adelaide as the AFL prepares in advance for a potential preliminary and grand final in Perth.

The Demons, who will “host” Brisbane in a qualifying final in Adelaide this weekend, will go to Perth on Sunday after their game and, like Geelong, must be ready to remain there for the duration of the finals – depending on results.

The AFL cannot confirm a venue for the grand final until the Victorian government gives the league consent to move it from the MCG, which is contracted to host the grand final until 2058.

The AFL has to prepare a step ahead to make Perth a viable host for the season’s biggest games due to quarantine requirements in Western Australia.

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