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  1. The AFL is expected to flip its Saturday fixture to turn Melbourne-Hawthorn into a prime time clash but still expects St Kilda-Port Adelaide to be played at Marvel Stadium. The league is working through government protocols about isolation as it assesses whether the Power can still fly into Melbourne on Saturday. The game is slated for 7.25pm but the Herald Sun understands it is likely to be turned into an earlier fixture in either the 1.45pm or 4.35pm slot. It would allow St Kilda to fly into Adelaide and out on the same day, or the Power to fly into Melbourne and get out by the Saturday night Adelaide Airport curfew. The league said on Friday it still expected the game to go ahead on Saturday at Marvel Stadium in front of no crowds. But the Melbourne-Hawthorn game will be announced as the only night contest on Saturday. Port Adelaide could fly into Melbourne for a 1.45pm clash but if St Kilda flew into Adelaide the league would need to fixture a twilight game to give authorities enough time to turn around negative Covid tests upon their arrival. Port Adelaide was originally expected to fly into Melbourne on Friday night but as of late Thursday was still in the dark about its travel plans. If the South Australian health authorities allow a fly-in fly-out mission on Saturday with limited quarantine for the Power players upon return, the game will go ahead in Melbourne. But the Power is anxiously awaiting clarification on whether it would simply need its players to isolate until a negative Covid test or need a more exhaustive isolation period. Victorian sides which flew into South Australia in recent weeks needed a 60-hour quarantine period before they flew west and then had to have a negative Covid test on the day of the game when they arrived in Adelaide. The fixture changes come as seven teams were evacuated from Covid-hit Melbourne in what is looming as a nerve-racking 12 hours for the AFL.
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