Statement: AFLW fixture changes after WA adjusts border rules

THE AFL has on Friday advised all clubs of amendments to the fixture for the 2022 NAB AFL Women’s Competition following updated Western Australian border restrictions as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Round One

Fremantle vs. West Coast Eagles will take place at Fremantle Oval on Saturday, January 8 at 5.50pm local time. Both Fremantle and the West Coast Eagles will then travel to Victoria ahead of Round Two. The originally scheduled West Coast Eagles vs. Brisbane Lions match has been rescheduled to Round Eight.

Adelaide Crows vs. Brisbane Lions will be played at Flinders University Stadium (SA) on Sunday, January 9, at 1.40pm local time. The originally scheduled Fremantle vs. Adelaide Crows match has been rescheduled to Round Eight.

Round Two

West Coast Eagles vs. Gold Coast SUNS will take place at Victoria University Whitten Oval on Sunday, January 16 at 12.40pm local time.

Fremantle vs. GWS GIANTS will take place at Victoria University Whitten Oval on Sunday, January 16 at 5.10pm local time.

Round Three

West Coast Eagles vs. Adelaide Crows will be played at Swinburne Centre Punt Road Oval on Saturday, January 22 at 12.40pm local time.

Round Eight

The Round One matches between the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle, Adelaide Crows and Brisbane Lions have been postponed to Round Eight.

West Coast Eagles vs. Brisbane Lions will take place at Mineral Resources Park (WA) on Saturday February 26, at 6.10pm local time.

Fremantle vs. Adelaide Crows will be played at Fremantle Oval on Sunday February 27, at 12.10pm local time.

Information relating to ticketing arrangements for games listed above will be communicated as soon as those details are finalised.

AFL General Manager Women’s Football Nicole Livingstone said the adjustments made to the fixture provides certainty into the early part of the season and allows the competition to remain as adaptable as possible as the season progresses in a constantly changing environment.

"While COVID-19 continues to impact our community, we will continue to make changes that best manage the current environment, progresses our season and protects the health and safety of those in our game and the wider community," Ms Livingstone said.

"We’re really looking forward to the season kicking off next Friday night in what shapes up to be a blockbuster opening round. With this fixture update, Round One will now see a WA Derby at Fremantle Oval and a re-match of the 2021 Grand Final between the Adelaide Crows and Brisbane Lions at Flinders University Stadium.

"We continue to work closely with each stakeholder to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone in the game. As we have done over the course of the pandemic, we will be led by and work closely with respective governments, all AFL Clubs and other key stakeholders while ensuring the health and safety of the community remains paramount."

Ms Livingstone thanked all clubs, players and the AFLPA, umpires, venues, governments, and broadcasters for the role they each continue to play.