Adelaide is embracing the challenge of battling St Kilda in the tropics this Saturday following confirmation the game will go ahead as planned.
Uncertainty surrounded the Crows’ clash against Collingwood last week with Victoria’s latest Covid-19 outbreak.
But the Pies were allowed to fly into SA and play at Adelaide Oval under strict rules imposed by SA Health.
The AFL confirmed on Tuesday Adelaide’s clash with the Saints would go ahead as planned in Cairns on Saturday night.
Assistant coach Nathan van Berlo said it was good to have clarity of where the Round 13 game would be played early in the week.
Van Berlo said players were grateful for the work that was going into making sure games could go ahead with minimal disruptions.
“We’ve just found out that we will be playing in Cairns which is great,” van Berlo said.
“It’s as scheduled, so that’s pleasing to know.
“Last week we found out late whether we were still able to play here in South Australia, the week before was a bit of unknown until late in the week as well.
“(But) I guess in the times we are in at the moment we sort of have to roll a bit with the fixture.
“We’ll do whatever it takes to play, wherever that is and this week it’s going to be in Cairns for us”
Coaches, players and some staff were in quarantine for the past two days as they waited for results of theirs and Collingwood’s Covid tests.
Van Berlo said players were looking forward to returning to training and would focus on starting the game strong against St Kilda.
“The last few days have been somewhat normal in the sense that we normally spend a good bit of time reviewing the game at home and then coming into the club,” van Berlo said.
“Albeit the last couple of days we’ve started a bit later, allowing the SANFL guys to do their work prior to the AFL group coming in.
“We took some great positives out of it (the game against Collingwood) but there’s definitely some execution late in the game that we’d like to do a bit differently and the way that we started the game.”