North Melbourne Kangaroos secure training exemption from Victorian Government after Perth visit

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VideoAFL: The Kangaroos remain winless in 2021 after falling by 51-points against the surging Fremantle Dockers.

North Melbourne has managed to secure a training exemption from the Victorian Government after being subject to 14-days quarantine as a result of their trip to Perth at the weekend.

The winless Kangaroos went down to Fremantle at Optus Stadium last night in front of empty stands, due to the three-day snap lockdown across the Perth and Peel regions.

The lockdown forced the cancellation of the annual Len Hall tribute match activations, with a crowd of 50,000 expected for the marquee clash.

Adding further insult to their 0-6 start to the season, the Kangaroos will be confined to home quarantine across the next fortnight.

The team returned to Melbourne on a commercial flight today, but will be permitted to train across the 14-day period after successfully obtaining an exemption to do so.

“The AFL confirms the North Melbourne Football Club returned to Melbourne today, Sunday April 25, following their Round Six match against Fremantle at Optus Stadium in Perth,” a spokesperson said.

“The Club’s travelling party was COVID-19 tested on arrival at the club and will isolate in their homes for 14 days in-line with current Victorian State Government directions relating to arrivals from a red zone.

The Kangaroos will be permitted to train despite being subject to 14-days quarantine after their trip to Perth.
Camera IconThe Kangaroos will be permitted to train despite being subject to 14-days quarantine after their trip to Perth. Credit: Daniel Carson/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

“The North Melbourne travelling party has been granted an exemption to leave their homes by the Victorian State Government for the following reasons: to train and play per AFL protocols, to obtain medical care or medical supplies, on compassionate grounds as already approved by the Victorian State Government.”

It comes after the Victorian Government deemed Western Australia a red zone, requiring any arrivals to quarantine at home for 14-days if they have visited WA.

North will now wait to hear if they can play their round seven clash against Melbourne in Tasmania on Sunday, or if that clash will be forced to move to Marvel Stadium pending Tasmania’s governments entry requirements.

102-year-old World War Two veteran Arthur Leggett instead recited the ode of remembrance via social media before Saturday night’s clash, due to fans and members being forced to stay home.

Fremantle CEO Simon Garlick estimated the crowdless clash would cost the club north of $1million.

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