Daniel Andrews claims he won’t be watching most the AFL grand final on Saturday night because he will ‘be in meetings’ and is too busy.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Andrews said he won’t get to watch any of the lead-up coverage or first half of the game because he will be focused on work.
‘I think I’ll get to watch the second half. The first half I will be in meetings determining what I will be announcing to you on Sunday,’ Andrews said.
Richmond Tigers star Dustin Martin (pictured training on the Gold Coast) is expected to be a particular danger to Geelong’s attempt to secure a Grand Final win on Saturday
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) speaks to the media on Friday at the daily briefing
Speaking at the same press conference, Andrews announced there was just one new COVID-19 cases in Victoria in the previous 24 hours and no reported deaths.
Coronavirus numbers in Melbourne have plunged since a strict Stage Four lockdown was introduced in August.
As the state slowly moves through the roadmap out of lockdown, an announcement is expected on Sunday with a number of restrictions expected to be eased.
AFL GRAND FINAL KICKOFF
AWST: 4.30pm – WA
ACST: 6pm – NT
AEST (local): 6.30pm – QLD
ACDT: 7pm – SA
AEDT: 7.30pm – VIC, NSW, TAS, ACT
When asked if he had a tip for who would win the Geelong versus Richmond match, Andrews predicted it would be down to the wire with a one goal difference.
‘I think it will be a very close game and I think Geelong will win by a goal. That is my prediction but we will have to wait and see.’ he said.
‘I think it will be a genuinely fantastic game of footy.’
Andrews has previously said he is a huge AFL fan and ‘passionate’ Essendon supporter.
The grand final is the first in the AFL’s history to be held outside Melbourne, with Brisbane’s Gabba turf hosting the game.
The game is also the first grand final since 2011 featuring two Melbourne teams – with Richmond is aiming for their second consecutive premiership and third in four seasons.
The AFL season was moved from Victoria to Queensland and Western Australia ‘bubbles’ in July.
St Kilda, North Melbourne, Essendon, Western Bulldogs, Richmond and Carlton went to a Gold Coast based hub, while Geelong went to Perth.
This NRL grand final is also being held this weekend in Brisbane, with the Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers hitting the field at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
A mural (pictured) featuring Richmond legend Jack Riewoldt ahead of Saturday’s AFL grand final versus Geelong
Andrews previously cautioned Victorians not to gather in groups to watch the AFL grand final and to still adhere to COVID-19 precautions.
‘I know many people would normally spend time with family and friends to celebrate that day, whether their team is in the grand final or not … it is a big part of who we are,’ Mr Andrews said.
‘As important as it is, in a cultural sense and in a very passionate way, for every single football fan across our state it’s not worth risking all we have done, all that we have built.’
Restrictions on having guests over for group gatherings are not expected to be lifted in Melbourne until November.
Healthcare workers (pictured in Melbourne on Thursday) remain busy at COVID-19 testing sites across the state
MELBOURNE’S ROADMAP OUT OF COVID-19 LOCKDOWN – WHAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DO AND WHEN:
Step one: Came into effect on September 14
Step two: Came into effect on September 28
Step three: When there is a daily statewide average of five new cases over the past 14 days. The original aim was for October 26, brought forward to October 19 after the 14-day average of new cases fell below initial expectations, but again put on hold after new case numbers plateaued.
This has now been revamped to be a series of ‘mini-steps’ and more gradual easings as the numbers proved difficult to shift.
Step four: The move to step four will come when there have been no new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days. The aim is for this to come into place on November 23
COVID Normal: After 28 days of no new COVID-19 cases, things will return to normal.
FREEDOMS YOU GET AT EACH STEP OF EASING
Step one – came into effect September 14
– Curfew has been eased to 9pm-5am
– People can still only leave home for the four reasons (shopping, exercise, work and care or medical attention)
– Public gatherings increased to two people, or a household, for a maximum of two hours
– Singles can have one nominated person to their home as part of the ‘singles social bubble’
– Childcare and early educators to remain closed
– Schools will continue to learn remotely unless they have exemptions
– Adult education to continue to be done remotely, unless they have exemption
– Only go to work if you are in a permitted industry
– Cafes and restaurants will continue with take away only
– Retail businesses will remain open for essential shopping, with others only operating with click and collect
– Only one person per household can do the essential shopping
Step two – came into effect September 28
– Melbourne’s curfew lifted
– Public gatherings increase again to five people from a maximum of two households
– Childcare and early educators can re-open
– Schools to continue with remote learning, but Prep to Grade Two and Year 11 and Year 12 students will gradually return to class in Term 4
– There will be an increase to permitted workplaces
Step three – originally expected October 26, brought forward to October 19
– There are no restrictions on leaving home
– Public gatherings increase to 10 people together outdoors
– A ‘household bubble’ will be introduced, so five people from one house can visit another
– Remote learning to continue, but Grades 3 to Year 11 can gradually return to class
– Adult education to continue to be done remotely, but hands on classes will see a phased return to onsite
– Work from home is encouraged
– Up to 10 people can eat together at restaurants and cafes, with the majority of tables outdoor
– Retail shops to reopen, with hairdresses operating under safety measures but beauty stores to remain closed
– Real estate agents can conduct private inspections by appointment
– The one person per household limit on shopping is to be revoked
Step four – expected in November, dependent on new case numbers:
– Public gatherings to increase to 50 people outdoors
– Up to 20 visitors can attend a home at any one time
– All adult education will return to onsite with safety measures in place
– Groups limited to 20 indoors and a maximum of 50 patrons per venue
– All retail stores to reopen, while real estate agents can operate with safety measures and by keeping a record of attendants
Step five – COVID normal:
– Public gatherings have no restriction
– There will also be no restriction on visitors to homes
– Phased return to onsite work for work from home workers
– Schools to reopen as normal
– Restrictions on hospitality removed, but venues to continue keeping records