Collingwood set to be joined by Geelong in WA hub to play Fremantle, West Coast
The least travelled team in the AFL looks increasingly likely to head west and bunker down in the WA hub.
Collingwood is reportedly locked in to play West Coast and Fremantle while in WA for a minimum three-week stay, along with Geelong.
“This will happen, Collingwood and Geelong,” 7NEWS reporter Mark Stevens said.
“It’s not official yet, but both clubs late today are preparing as if this will happen.
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“They’d play each other in Perth in round seven while they’re in quarantine.
“After the 14 days of isolation, they’d go on to play West Coast and Fremantle in a mini round robin in Perth, (at) Optus Stadium where crowds are now allowed.”
The Pies, who have played at Optus Stadium just three times, would likely stay from July 11 to August 2.
Whether or not the Cats and Pies would be permitted to play each other while in quarantine depends on the WA Government.
Under the current fixtures, Richmond, Melbourne and Essendon are unlikely to head to west given they have or will have played a WA side by the time the hub begins.
North Melbourne and Hawthorn are still keen to honour their contract with Tasmania and look likely to head south.
St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs would also be unlikely to head to WA given Collingwood’s attendance.
Stevens says the Blues could be considered as a replacement club to head west if required.
The WA hub is set to be announced either tomorrow or Friday, with crowds back at full capacity at Optus Stadium from mid-July.
“Everywhere bar Victoria is getting crowds back,” SEN’s Sam Edmunds said.
That means the AFL is likely to schedule a blockbuster Western Derby for the Eagles and Dockers in round seven when they return from their Gold Coast hub, with 60,000 in the stands.