The AFL will this week rip up the troublesome section of Marvel Stadium turf that marred the pair of opening round games played at the venue in a bid to ensure the league-owned venue is ready for round two.
Both the Western Bulldogs v Sydney and St Kilda v Gold Coast games on the weekend were affected by an unsightly patch of turf just in front of the interchange gates on the Medallion Club side wing, with large divots being created during the weekend’s action. Bulldog Matt Suckling rolled his ankle when the turf gave way, although the venue has been cleared of responsibility in relation to a knee injury suffered by Suns skipper David Swallow.
Saint Jack Newnes suggested after his side’s win over Gold Coast on Sunday that the surface had the potential to cause injuries.
AFL Players’ Association general manager of player and stakeholder relations Brett Murphy said on Monday that the clubs involved in the weekend’s games had largely given their tick of approval to the surface, but acknowledged that a section of around 20 to 30 square metres would need to be relaid.