The AFL has today advised all VFL and VFLW Clubs that this weekend’s scheduled matches will not proceed as planned as a result of the Circuit Breaker Lockdown announced by the Victorian State Government this morning.

This includes the Southport Sharks Round 7 match against the Northern Bullants.

Alternative arrangements will be made for all six interstate clubs for this weekend. However, no clubs will play for VFL premiership points this weekend.

The AFL has prepared for this situation and the inclusion of three allocated byes for all VFL clubs provides flexibility with the fixture.

The VFLW home and away season has two games remaining before a scheduled bye and the AFL will work through a revised fixture for all clubs.

Restrictions are enforced until 11.59 pm Thursday, June 3, 2021, with no VFL or VFLW training to occur before this time.

The AFL will continue to take the advice of governments and health officials as it works through fixturing alternatives for the VFL and VFLW to ensure matches are played, however, acknowledges the situation is fluid and any decision made may change.

The AFL will continue to meet with all parties and review this decision based on the changing circumstances and advice from the government and relevant health departments and medical experts. We will communicate any updates and provide advice in a timely manner.

We acknowledge this remains a complicated and rapidly evolving situation but as a football industry we will band together to support each other. This is a reminder that we are all part of a broader society with a responsibility to make sure our community remains safe.

This is what all clubs, players, officials and families will continue to do.

The AFL would like to acknowledge the support of all industry stakeholders and the legion of fans and supporters for their patience during this time.

The Southport Sharks will comply with all of the AFL and government regulations and inform all stakeholders when the information comes to hand.