Adelaide has raised concerns to the AFL about SA’s statewide lockdown impacting its AFLW side’s pre-season training.
The Crows are set to miss four sessions in the coming six days with players given tailored workouts to complete at home.
Crows Football boss Adam Kelly acknowledged the Club was at a “temporary disadvantage” but said further action would not be taken unless restrictions extended beyond Tuesday.
“We want to get through this initial period and we are all hopeful that beyond that we can return to training, but we’ll have to wait for government advice,” Kelly said.
“If it means that we couldn’t return to training after this six-day period, we would be seeking some consideration from the AFL as to how the balance of the preseason will roll out and what impact it will have on our teams’ preparation for the AFLW season.
“We’d be extremely concerned about the disadvantage that we’d be under given there is a very short preparatory phase before we have to get into the season proper.
“We’ve spoken to the AFL and they, along with us, will wait and see how everything plays out beyond this initial six-day period.”
Before the lockdown period began at midnight on Thursday, several AFLW players were able to collect equipment from the West Lakes facilities in preparation.
“Our high-performance team has communicated programs that the players can do at home and there was a short window of opportunity for players to take some equipment from the Club,” Kelly said.
“Some players have got reasonable set ups at their own homes, but the programs will be designed around minimal equipment being required and trying to maintain the strength and conditioning that has been built up in the initial parts of the preseason.”
South Australia’s initial hard lockdown is scheduled to end on Tuesday, November 24, however another eight days of restrictions have been forecast beyond that date.