Four in isolation as positive case rocks GWS

A GWS Giants AFLW player has tested positive to COVID-19, causing four players to self-isolate from the rest of the playing group.

The Giants today announced that a fully vaccinated player yesterday underwent a rapid antigen test, which returned a positive result. A PCR test was taken immediately after confirming the positive case.

Three other GWS AFLW players returned negative results but are now in self-isolation as a result of being deemed close contacts.

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“All four players will follow NSW Government and AFL health protocols and guidelines,” a GWS club statement read.

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“The Giants have continued to maintain a stringent set of testing protocols, including rapid antigen and PCR testing, for all players and staff accessing the club facility.

“Every player and staff member associated with the club’s AFLW and AFL programs are fully vaccinated. The Giants will continue to support the players with the rest of the AFLW program to continue as usual.”

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Earlier this month, veteran Carlton defender Liam Jones retired from the AFL due to his refusal to get get the COVID-19 vaccination.

The AFL currently has a mandate that all players and staff across both the men’s and women’s games must be vaccinated.

Just last week, Richmond’s pre-season was impacted after premiership duo Dion Prestia and Noah Balta tested positive to COVID-19.

Richmond’s AFLW program was also interrupted after a player tested positive in October and was required to isolate per government regulations.

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