“There is the risk that more community cases occur in the coming days, which could impact Brisbane entering or leaving WA, along with our ability to travel interstate,” Mr Garlick said.
“Understandably some members might be disappointed they won’t be able to cheer us on in person this Sunday, but we trust they will support the swap as a way of giving ourselves the best chance to play in front of them later in the season.”
While the finances of the 18 teams are in much better shape than last year, club chiefs say it would take only a couple of home games without crowds for them to be precarious again.
It means the AFL would continue to move the chess pieces around to mitigate the losses of the two AFL clubs in the west while ensuring any fixture changes could be reconciled later in the season.
The fixture switch also keeps respective fans of both clubs happy after a season of watching mostly from home in 2020.
The Dockers departed for the Gold Coast on Wednesday morning ahead of an 11-day stint on the road, with the club’s round eight fixture against Brisbane now at the Gabba, and Fremantle to host the return bout at Optus in round 21.
Fremantle would remain in Queensland before flying to Victoria for the round nine clash against Essendon, and then hopefully return to Perth for the round 10 clash with Sydney. They are staying at the Mercure Hotel, where they were based in part last season.
The decision comes as the WA government continues to manage and monitor the presence of COVID-19 in the Perth and Peel regions.
Fremantle have taken a squad of 30 players to the Gold Coast including a quartet of injured players: Sam Switkowski, Alex Pearce, Luke Ryan and Adam Cerra.
Exciting youngster Joel Western is also part of Fremantle’s travelling party after some eye-catching form in the WAFL but key forward Josh Treacy is not, despite a five-goal haul for Peel on Saturday.
Sam Sturt, Ethan Hughes, Joel Hamling, Leno Thomas, Hayden Young, Heath Chapman, Luke Valente, Nathan O’Driscoll, Brandon Walker, Stephen Hill, Brett Bewley, Bailey Banfield and Treacy have remained in WA.
Dockers captain Nat Fyfe said it was great to be back on the Gold Coast without any restrictions.
“We’ve packed for longer if we need to stay,” he said.
Fremantle travelling party: Blake Acres, James Aish, Connor Blakely, Andy Brayshaw, Adam Cerra, Reece Conca, Travis Colyer, Brennan Cox, Mitch Crowden, Sean Darcy, Taylin Duman, Michael Frederick, Nat Fyfe, Stefan Giro, Liam Henry, Rory Lobb, Griffin Logue, Lloyd Meek, David Mundy, Alex Pearce, Luke Ryan, Lachie Schultz, Caleb Serong, Sam Switkowski, Matt Taberner, Darcy Tucker, Michael Walters, Tobe Watson, Joel Western, Nathan Wilson.
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