Collingwood and Geelong clashed in last year’s Grand Final. Picture: Michael Klein
Collingwood and Geelong clashed in last year’s Grand Final. Picture: Michael Klein

Revealed: GF rematch to headline massive Round 7

RICHMOND is likely to take on Greater Western Sydney in a Sunday grand final rematch on a bumper day of football in Round 7.

The AFL will on Thursday release the details of that round after negotiations held up its release on Wednesday night.

It is understood Carlton was likely to take on Gold Coast in Round 7 when the fixture was to be released.

It is possible those games could be moved around but as of late Wednesday the improving Suns had been fixtured in a huge test for a Carlton side who won their first game against Geelong last week.

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North Melbourne will take on Adelaide at home at Marvel Stadium in Round 7, a week after a Marvel clash against Richmond on Sunday July 12.

A massive day of football is likely on the Sunday of Round 7 which will pit the Tigers against GWS - likely at the MCG - before the Perth derby in front of 60,000 fans on late Sunday afternoon.

Tom Lynch celebrates a goal in last year’s Grand Final. Picture: Getty Images
Tom Lynch celebrates a goal in last year’s Grand Final. Picture: Getty Images

Richmond smashed GWS in last year's grand final but both teams at this stage have spluttered with only two wins and a draw between them.

The Pies and Geelong will face off in that round in front of 30,000 fans, with fixturing boss Travis Auld saying it would be a ticketed affair given clubs were attempting to recoup money.

Geelong coach Chris Scott said the club was keen for families to travel to Perth for the 14 days of isolation if players wanted to bring wives and children.

Collingwood defender Jordan Roughead said he was unsure if he would travel to Perth given his partner's health issues.

But clubs will be happy for players to decide against travelling if that is their wish given the 21-day commitment, including 14 days in quarantine.

Pies president Eddie McGuire said clubs were still working through what restrictions would be in place, saying one of Geelong or Collingwood would stay at Crown's resort in Perth.

Clubs will be allowed out for training but otherwise remain bound to their hotels apart the Pies and Geelong playing each other seven days into isolation.

MAGPIE COULD OPT OUT OF PERTH HUB

Collingwood and Geelong say life in a Perth hub holds no fears as they prepare for a crucial three-week trip west.

The AFL confirmed on Wednesday night the Cats and Magpies would be the first two teams to join West Coast and Fremantle in a Perth hub between Rounds 7 and 9.

It means the two clubs will fly to Western Australia straight after their Round 6 match-ups to begin their quarantine period under strict protocols in a Perth hotel.

Geelong play St Kilda on Thursday night and Collingwood take on Brisbane Lions on Friday night to kickstart Round 6.

The other Round 6 Saturday games are Fremantle v Melbourne, (MS), West Coast v Adelaide (Gabba), Essendon v Western Bulldogs (Marvel) (N) and Hawthorn v Gold Coast (MCG) (N).

On Sunday it will be Port Adelaide v GWS Giants (MS), Carlton v Sydney Swans (MCG) and North Melbourne v Richmond (Marvel) (N).

Collingwood and Geelong will head west to be part of a WA hub.
Collingwood and Geelong will head west to be part of a WA hub.

Collingwood and Geelong will play each other in Round 7 and then take on the two Western Australian teams over the following fortnight.

Geelong football manager Simon Lloyd said the Cats would relish the opportunity to play three games in Perth, most likely in front of crowds at Optus Stadium.

"The club will totally embrace it," Lloyd said.

"Everyone is looking forward to the opportunity. We have spoken to the football department and there is a level of excitement about what's ahead."

Since 2013, Collingwood has played seven home and away matches in Perth, the equal least along with Hawthorn and Brisbane Lions.

Geelong has played eight. Essendon has played the most regular season games in Perth with 12 in that time.

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury said the unbeaten Magpies would also enjoy the next chapter of the 2020 season in a Perth hub.

Asked if he would like to bring his family, including two young children, the brilliant midfielder said: "Absolutely".

"If it is for three weeks I would," Pendlebury said.

ROUND 6 FIXTURE

St Kilda v Geelong - Thursday, July 9, 7.40pm, Marvel Stadium.

Collingwood v Brisbane Lions - Friday, July 10, 7.50pm, MCG.

Fremantle v Melbourne - Saturday, July 11, 1.05pm, Metricon Stadium

West Coast v Adelaide - Saturday, July 11, 3.35pm, The Gabba

Essendon v Western Bulldogs - Saturday, July 11, 7.40pm, Marvel Stadium

Hawthorn v Gold Coast - Saturday, July 11, 6.05pm, MCG

Port Adelaide v GWS Giants - Sunday, July 12, 1.05pm, Metricon Stadium

Carlton v Sydney - Sunday, July 12, 3.35pm, MCG

North Melbourne v Richmond - Sunday, July 12, 6.10pm, Marvel Stadium

Collingwood defender Jordan Roughead. Picture: Michael Klein
Collingwood defender Jordan Roughead. Picture: Michael Klein

MAGPIE COULD OPT OUT OF PERTH HUB

Collingwood defender Jordan Roughead could opt out of the Magpies' Western Australian hub due to a private family matter.

Roughead revealed on Wednesday morning he would seek clarification on the time spent in Perth and the restrictions on immediate family.

"I won't give you too much detail but my wife has just had a pretty significant health scare and whether or not to enter the hub is one that I'll need to strongly consider on a personal front and certainly find out the detail of how long it is or the potential of families to come," Roughead saidt.

Collingwood will join Geelong for three weeks in Perth after Round 6.

The Magpies and Cats play each other first before alternating games against West Coast and Fremantle at Perth Stadium.

Roughead needs additional clarity around logistics before making his commitment.

"I've got to ask some questions," Roughead said.

"I've got to find out some information about what it looks like and what it looks like for myself and my wife.

"One of the challenges you don't think about too is do your loved ones have to sit in hotel quarantine (while we're allowed out to train and play).

"There are still some logistical things that have to be looked at."



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