AFL weighs up premiership trophy, Norm Smith medal protocols


“All of the gamers who seize it have been within the bubble anyway. There is no such thing as a difficulty there.”

Nonetheless, ought to one or two Victorian golf equipment make the grand remaining, a membership might not be capable of get the first-choice nominee they sometimes would have requested to make the presentation due to state border restrictions and golf equipment might must discover a former distinguished determine residing in Queensland.

Former Port Adelaide star Byron Pickett, having been the Norm Smith medallist in 2004, is scheduled to current the medal this 12 months however his attendance could also be too tough relying on what protocols are enforced within the remaining sport of the season.

Pickett, based mostly in South Australia and who had been working with the Energy earlier than the preliminary COVID-19 shutdown, has not but been requested by the AFL to make the presentation.

If, as anticipated, he’s, one situation would have him residing at residence beneath AFL protocols for per week earlier than he left and bear a COVID-19 take a look at. One other situation may have him not needing to comply with any protocols and fly in as late as match eve as a result of there are not any border restrictions between South Australia and Queensland.

An alternative choice the AFL is contemplating is whether or not to take a extra easy method, only for this 12 months, and have a former Norm Smith medallist already in Queensland current the medal. Luke Hodge, the twin Norm Smith medallist with Hawthorn, can be one possibility beneath that situation.

Brisbane Lions legend Simon Black, the 2003 medallist, introduced the medal final 12 months to Richmond’s Dustin Martin however 2002 winner Nathan Buckley has not but had the prospect to take action due to his position as Collingwood coach. He might be an outside-the-box possibility ought to the Magpies not make the grand remaining and he had not but returned residence to Melbourne.

The premiership trophy is mostly introduced by a membership nice of the successful group, with both sides confirming a candidate via the finals. Tigers coach Damien Hardwick and skipper Trent Cotchin have been final 12 months introduced with the premiership trophy by the spouse of teaching nice, Tom Hafey. However the choice of candidates turns into problematic this 12 months as a result of, apart from the AFL protocols, any Victorian wanting to go away the lockdown state should get approval after which might want to quarantine in Brisbane for a fortnight.

A call may also have to be made on whether or not a latest transfer to have kids who take part in Auskick current the premiership medals to the successful gamers can proceed.

In a 12 months of main upheaval, gamers who retire might miss out on the standard motorcade on the bottom earlier than the opening bounce, whereas the sometimes manic dressingroom of the successful group will likely be extra subdued if solely these already contained in the group bubble are allowed in – and never the standard array of prolonged household, sponsors and company varieties.