“The four games that were scored in Melbourne in August 2020 now have pencil holdings at NSW sites,” A-League boss Greg O’Rourke said Monday afternoon.
“Queensland team Brisbane Roar will now have to enter central NSW before their second match on July 28. Their first game in Queensland is against Adelaide United.
“Fifty percent of our games do not involve Melbourne-based teams. The final series [in late August] stay as expected and we have a watchdog. “
When the FFA chiefs announced that the A-League would start again in mid-July, it was thought that playing a game between two clubs from the same city would give the recovery a prominent start, especially as the conditions – at the time – seemed to be improving since the hub discussed in New South Wales would not be necessary, because the virus was under control.
We even hoped that crowds could be present.
Now all of this seems to be in the air.
The McDonald Jones stadium in Newcastle, the Jubilee stadium in Kogarah and the Bankwest stadium in Parramatta are the areas reserved for the organization of matches in New South Wales.
All the Melbourne teams have been back in training for a few weeks and are ready to play where and when given the green light.
They hoped to have supporters during the matches, but are resigned to the fact that this might no longer be possible, even if the matches take place as planned at AAMI park.
Uruguayan import from Melbourne City, Adrian Luna, is back in the country and is currently in quarantine, training at home in a vacuum on a schedule given to him by the club.
He should be ready to play some role in the restart team’s opening game, tentatively scheduled for July 20.
Michael Lynch is The Age’s chief football reporter and also reports on motorsport and horse racing