AFL providing financial assistance to Giants for living abroad

THE AFL IS providing financial assistance to Greater Western Sydney players unable to perform their job while living in Adelaide.

The Giants have been on the road for three weeks now after a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney, spending two in Albury before moving across to South Australia.

They are currently training at Port Adelaide's base, given the club does not have an AFLW side.

Given the part-time nature of the AFLW competition, most players and some staff have external work and/or study commitments.

AFL head of women's football Nicole Livingstone confirmed the arrangement would be in place for any AFLW club moved from home this season.

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"Where they have 'work-from-anywhere' type roles, then we're providing the ability to do that, and yes, the players are being compensated to be away from home at the moment, on top of their pay from the AFLW season," AFL head of women's football Nicole Livingstone said.

"We're pleased to be hand-in-glove with the AFLPA all the way through this. We have been able to agree with the PA as to what the rate of compensation is for all clubs, if players are relocated from their home base.

"That's already been agreed to and it's in place at the moment with GWS." 

The AFL on Friday announced rounds one and two of the new AFLW fixture, changed due to COVID-related border restrictions.

The Giants are playing Fremantle in Perth (as fixtured), but will then host West Coast at Norwood Oval in Adelaide. In a press release, the club said it will not lose hosting rights to the five games across NSW and ACT it had originally been fixtured.

"Clearly, we've fixtured the first two rounds, and then we'll work with GWS and get them back to Sydney. It's a priority for us as well," Livingstone said.

"There's two teams in WA, so that gives us [an additional round] as well before thinking about what we need to do. Hopefully by then, I think February 4 is when, touch wood, Victoria opens up to WA, so we continue to monitor that as well."

Livingstone would not comment on the Ebony Marinoff Tribunal appeal currently adjourned until next Thursday, but confirmed it would be held on that day despite Collingwood and Carlton facing off in the season opener, as there is a public holiday on Tuesday.

She also confirmed the capacity for the Ikon Park season-opener is set at just over 9000, given current Victorian government COVID-19 restrictions.