Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has called Victorian AFL clubs “pampered” in their response to getting the game restarted.
Western Australia will not exempt West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers from strict border restrictions, which will force the two teams to relocate to the Gold Coast.
McGowan believes all 18 AFL clubs should relocate to one big hub in WA. There, the clubs will quarantine for the 14 days and be able to complete full contact training during their quarantine.
“I must say the Eagles and Dockers have been terrific in this. They haven’t complained, they haven’t whinged. As far as I’m aware they haven’t gone to the media,” McGowan told reporters on Thursday morning.
“They’ve been willing to hub, they’ve been willing to do everything.
“It appears to me it is the Victorian clubs who aren’t willing to leave their comfort zones and come over here and hub in Western Australia, yet the expect our teams to go over there.”
“It’s a little bit rich and it seems to me they’re a little bit pampered and they should be prepared to do the hard yards and go somewhere else to hub as our clubs are prepared to do.”
McGowan has confirmed both West Coast and Fremantle will be able to fully train on May 25th within the state.
“We’ve said to the AFL that our hard border arrangement will remain intact any they will need to [comply] with those, but we have worked over the couple of days with the clubs so we’re going to permit the clubs to undertake full contact training from the 25th of May in Western Australia as long as the facilities and arrangements are not open to the general public,” McGowan said.
“We will allow clubs to use their gyms at their training bases from the 18th of May as long as there is no access from the public an proper cleaning is in place.
“And if the Gold Coast arrangement doesn’t eventuate and there is a hub in Western Australia with the clubs moving here and the Eagles and Dockers staying here, we would allow for full contact training whilst they are in quarantine.
“The two week quarantine arrangement needs to stay in place. The integrity of the state border needs to stay in place, but we’re happy to work within that with the clubs to ensure that they can train and those sorts of things.”
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has allowed Victorian based AFL teams to resume full training on Monday.