Giants confirm club-first ahead of Round 17

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By Chris De Silva and Marc Churches

The AFL has moved a measurement person to finalising its fixture for Round 17 aft confirmation that the GWS Giants volition big the Gold Coast Suns successful Ballarat this weekend.

The 2 teams volition clash astatine Ballarat's Mars Stadium with the archetypal bounce presently scheduled for 12:40 p.m. AEST connected Sunday afternoon.

GWS volition beryllium playing astatine Mars Stadium for the archetypal clip successful nine past and nine CEO David Matthews expressed his excitement astatine the imaginable of a determination fixture.

"We're delighted to beryllium taking an AFL crippled to a determination portion of Australia that seldom gets to big this benignant of event," Matthews said successful a nine connection connected Tuesday. 

"This statement volition spot some teams stay successful Victoria having played successful Melbourne during Round 16 and minimise travel during the existent spike successful COVID cases crossed the country."

Josh Kelly of the Giants runs the shot during the circular 9 AFL lucifer betwixt Gold Coast Suns and the Greater Western Sydney Giants astatine Metricon Stadium connected August 02, 2020 (Getty)

Once it became wide that GIANTS Stadium would not beryllium capable to big the fixture owed to NSW's COVID-19 outbreak, Matthews said the nine looked astatine playing the lucifer astatine Manuka Oval successful Canberra, earlier yet settling connected Mars Stadium owed to the "uncertainty" surrounding the concern successful the ACT.

Despite having to displacement its Round 17 fixture, the Giants are inactive hopeful that the Round 18 Sydney Derby against the Swans volition beryllium held astatine its location venue.

"With Round 18 rapidly approaching, we are hopeful of inactive playing the Sydney Derby successful beforehand of our members and fans astatine GIANTS Stadium," Matthews said.

"The Sydney Derby has rapidly go 1 of the premium amusement events successful Sydney and with the existent ladder positions of some clubs, it volition play a large portion in finalising the make-up of the apical eight." 

The Brisbane Lions are inactive hopeful of hosting the Saints astatine the Gabba this play (Getty)

The AFL's confirmation of the Giants-Suns fixture came arsenic the league was fixed the greenish airy to summation assemblage limits astatine games based successful Victoria this weekend.

According to The Age, capableness volition summation from 50 per cent with a maximum of 25,000 spectators to 75 per cent with a maximum of 30,000 astatine each Victorian venues.

While the determination of the Giants-Suns lucifer has been finalised, the AFL is yet to corroborate wherever the Brisbane Lions' Saturday nighttime lucifer against St Kilda volition beryllium played.

The Lions are hopeful that they volition beryllium capable to big the Saints astatine the Gabba, but are prepared to play the lucifer astatine Gold Coast's location ground, Metricon Stadium, if necessary, owed to the information that the Gold Coast is classed arsenic an 'orange zone' by the Victorian authorities arsenic opposed to Brisbane, which is presently a 'red zone'.

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