THIS weekend's match between Geelong and the Western Bulldogs could be in doubt with an emerging COVID-19 situation at Whitten Oval.
Womens.afl previously reported skipper Ellie Blackburn had been ruled out due to the AFL's health and safety protocol, and that the Dogs also have extensive injury concerns.
The AFL has not yet made any decisions on any possible postponement or cancellation of the match, and is monitoring the situation as it evolves.
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The Bulldogs released the following statement on Wednesday night:
"The Western Bulldogs can confirm that several of its AFLW players and support staff have entered into the AFL's Health and Safety Protocols, ruling out those affected from Saturday's Round Two match against Geelong.
"The Bulldogs will continue to work closely with the AFL to determine the next course of action in relation to the club's ability to participate in this weekend's fixture, as per the AFLW Covid Match Rescheduling Guidelines.
"The health and safety of the players and staff remains paramount for the club and the AFL as the football industry continues to navigate its way through the pandemic."
It could be the first time the AFL's rescheduling policy is used.
If a club is unable to field 16 primary-listed players (and five top-ups), a game will be postponed to either later in the round, later in the season or as a very last resort, cancelled completely.
The AFL has previously publicly committed to completing the 2022 NAB AFLW season and awarding a premier.
Round two also marks Geelong's first home game for 2022, with the club to hold their season launch directly prior to the match.
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