The virus – What about the Players?

Didn’t think my letter to The Age yesterday would get in, but it did (Sunday).


What about players?


All sport with a high level of physical contact, such as AFL and rugby, involves a variety of excretions and touching of body areas we have been warned are unwise to touch. Although the games will go ahead behind locked doors, to protect the fans, where is the advice or concern about the players? Surely they will be putting themselves at risk?


Jan Courtin, Albert Park


Any thoughts on how this may be resolved, or otherwise?



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About Jan Courtin

A Bloods tragic since first game at Lake Oval in 1948. Moved interstate to Sydney to be closer to beloved Swans in 1998. My book "My Lifelong Love Affair with the Swans" was launched by the Swans at their headquarters at the SCG in August 2016.


  1. Resolve it with a toss of the coin and/or an expanded final 8 (i.e. final 18) in the finals series

  2. Punx Pete says

    A postponement is brewing. The Age just published an update about player discontentment. Duty of care should prevail over $, you’d think, so I can’t see how we’ll get the season out of the blocks this week?

    On CV19, The Age has an article about Trump’s lies since the outbreak. Makes for alarming reading.

  3. Physical contacts can bring players more chances to get infected, but what about fitness levels? And their involvements in doing physical activities would reduce chances to have virus, wouldn’t they? I think we need scientific researches done by sports scientists…

  4. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    It looks like the players don’t care Jan.


  5. Thanks one and all
    I imagine the whole season might well be cancelled sooner rather than later. In the end, we have to remember it’s only a game!

  6. Jan i can’t imagine a cancellation of the season. This industry is big bucks $$$.

    However the form and duration of the season is a great unknown.The 17 game season is a talking piece. The length of the season has changed regularly over the years. The VFL commenced with a 14 round season. At the height of ‘the great trade war’ 1916, it was a 12 round season. In the second World War it was 15 rounds for a time.

    I reckon when i was born it was 18 rounds. I first followed the game in 1969: 20 rounds. We then saw 22 rounds in 1970.

    We’re heading into uncharted territory. As the old adage goes; the future is unwritten.


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