R2 FIXTURE SHAKE-UP: Two games cancelled, new match-up revealed

PLAYER availability has affected round two of the 2022 NAB AFLW season, with two clubs who were already dealing with injuries now impacted by the competition's health and safety protocols.

Both Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs will be unable to field teams this weekend, so a new match-up will see Carlton head down the highway to face Geelong at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday evening at 7.10pm AEDT.

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The Lions were originally set to host Carlton and the Cats were going to take on the Bulldogs.

A new fixture between Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs will be scheduled at a later date.

Bulldog Ellie Blackburn in action against Brisbane in round four, 2019. Picture: Getty Images

"We will continue to monitor the situation and will work closely with both clubs on a revised fixture and, together with the AFLPA, support all players impacted," AFL General Manager Competition Management Laura Kane said.

“We remain committed to delivering a full season in a safe manner anchored in the advice of respective governments and public health officials.” 

As womens.afl previously reported, Western Bulldogs captain Ellie Blackburn has already been ruled out, while the club confirmed on Wednesday that "several of its AFLW players and support staff" have also been impacted and ineligible to take part.

The club also has an extensive injury list, headlined by Isabel Huntington who has also been ruled out for the remainder of the season after rupturing her ACL in the club's loss to Melbourne in round one.

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Ellie Blackburn discusses the impact of Isabel Huntington's ACL agony

Reining premier Brisbane is also dealing with limited stocks, with several players entering the AFL's health and safety protocols during the week.

The Lions are also battling key injuries as stalwart defender Kate Lutkins tore her ACL and exciting forward Dakota Davidson injured her foot as they fell to the Crows on Sunday.

The AFL's rescheduling policy dictates that if a club is unable to field 16 primary-listed players (and five top-ups), a game may be postponed or as the last resort, cancelled completely.

For supporters who have purchased tickets to attend the Brisbane Lions vs. Carlton match at Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex, Ticketmaster will issue a refund. No action is required from the ticket purchaser. 

For supporters who have already purchased tickets to attend the match at GMHBA Stadium, those tickets will remain valid for Geelong Cats vs. Carlton. Ticketmaster will be in contact should any ticket purchasers wish to receive a refund. 

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