The highly-anticipated AFL footy game in Cairns is set to go ahead this weekend.

St Kilda has been granted an exemption to travel to the Far North for this weekend’s clash against the Adelaide Crows.

Tickets will go on sale at 3pm AEST today for the match at Cazalys Stadium, Saturday 12 June.

AFL confirmed today the match would proceed under tight travel measures for the Melbourne-based side.

“The AFL continues to work with all State and Territory Governments to best manage the relevant border restrictions ensuring the health and safety of the community remains paramount,” the statement read.


“The AFL, together with the St Kilda Football Club, have agreed to strict travel arrangements and other protocols as approved by the Queensland State Government.


“There are no additional protocols in place for the Adelaide Crows as they are travelling from their base in Adelaide.”

“There’s been a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the fixture this past week, but we’re delighted to have our Round 13 match in Cairns go ahead as planned,” St Kilda CEO Matt Finnis said.

“Tropical far north Queensland is such a wonderful part of the world so we hope those who have had to cancel or change their travel plans due to COVID, can still make the journey at later point in the year."

AFL Cairns told Tropic Now a close to capacity crowd of 8,500 is expected at Cazalys Stadium.

“It’s not every week you get elite level sport in the region,” AFL Cairns Events Manger Jane Clarke said.

“It’s great for Cairns and also one of the most entertaining sports to watch so we encourage people to get a ticket. It will be a great game!”

Tickets to the match go on sale today from 5pm AEST (or 3pm AEST for members) via Ticketek.


Main points

  • The AFL match between St. Kilda and Adelaide Crows has been given the green light
  • The Melbourne-based Saints will remain in hotel quarantine while in Cairns, with an exemption to play
  • Victoria reported two new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases today, while the city's lockdown is due to ease on Thursday
St Kilda will fly into Cairns via private charter plane on Friday and will remain in hotel quarantine (with an exemption to play) until their private charter flight back to Melbourne.
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