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AFL stars don face masks as they land in Perth to dodge coronavirus raging in Melbourne

AFL stars donned face masks as they touched down in their new interstate quarantine hub. 

The Geelong Cats and Collingwood Magpies flew from Sydney to Perth on Saturday as Victorian sports teams flee from the coronavirus infections raging in Melbourne. 

Both teams will remain in the hub for the next three weeks to continue playing in this year’s AFL season.  

Victorian AFL Clubs Geelong Cats and Collingwood Magpies flew in to Perth Airport on Saturday. Pictured: Collingwood Magpies player Chris Mayne with daughter and wife 

Players donned face masks and their respective club merchandise as they arrived in their new interstate quarantine hub. Pictured: Collingwood Magpies player Jamie Elliott

Players donned face masks and their respective club merchandise as they arrived in their new interstate quarantine hub. Pictured: Collingwood Magpies player Jamie Elliott 

All Victorian AFL clubs will spend 32 days away as their state battles with the coronavirus. Pictured: Geelong stars Tom Hawkigs and Joel Selwood left Perth Airport together

All Victorian AFL clubs will spend 32 days away as their state battles with the coronavirus. Pictured: Geelong stars Tom Hawkigs and Joel Selwood left Perth Airport together

Pictured: Geelong player Sam Menegola stepping out of Perth Airport carrying his baby

Pictured: Geelong player Sam Menegola stepping out of Perth Airport carrying his baby

All ten Victorian AFL clubs have been forced to spend at least 32 days interstate as their home state battles a second wave of the virus.

The embattled state recorded 216 new infections on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in Victoria to 1,249.    

A number of players will spend weeks separated from their families but a host of stars couldn’t bear the thought of being apart from their young families.

Several players were also joined by their partners and children in the Perth quarantine hub.    

Collingwood Magpies player Chris Mayne was pictured spending time with daughter Billi-Rose and wife Britt after touching down. 

Mayne cuddled and planted a kiss on his daughter’s head as she played with his face mask.     

Head coach Nathan Buckley also arrived at the airport in a face mask and a Magpies jersey.   

Pictured: Collingwood Magpies player Chris Mayne was captured spending time with his daughter Billi-Rose after the team touched down in Perth

Pictured: Collingwood Magpies player Chris Mayne was captured spending time with his daughter Billi-Rose after the team touched down in Perth 

The Collingwood player protectively held his daughter and gave her a kiss and cuddle

The Collingwood player protectively held his daughter and gave her a kiss and cuddle 

Collingwood Head coach Nathan Buckley arrived in a face mask and a Magpies jersey

Collingwood Head coach Nathan Buckley arrived in a face mask and a Magpies jersey

Brayden Maynard also represented Collingwood in a Magpies hoodie

Brayden Maynard also represented Collingwood in a Magpies hoodie 

Collingwood were victorious against the Hawthorn Hawks in their latest game in Sydney on Thursday night. 

Magpies stars Jack Crisp, Brodie Grundy, Brayden Maynard and Jamie Elliot also represented their club in Collingwood merchandise.  

Elliot went the extra mile and wore a black face mask to match his black Collingwood uniform.        

Magpies star Brodie Grundy wore a comfortable pair of slides and carried his joggers

Magpies star Brodie Grundy wore a comfortable pair of slides and carried his joggers 

Collingwood (player Scott Pendlebury pictured) were victorious against the Hawthorn Hawks at their latest match in Sydney on Thursday night

Collingwood (player Scott Pendlebury pictured) were victorious against the Hawthorn Hawks at their latest match in Sydney on Thursday night  

Collingwood player Jack Crisp wore a Magpies jersey and shorts as well as a face mask

Collingwood player Jack Crisp wore a Magpies jersey and shorts as well as a face mask 

Geelong Cats player Patrick Dangerfield chatted with a team mate before boarding a bus

Geelong Cats player Patrick Dangerfield chatted with a team mate before boarding a bus 

The Geelong Cats spent a week in Sydney before flying to Perth and beat the Brisbane Lions in their Thursday night game.  

Sam Menegola was seen stepping out of Perth Airport wearing a face mask and carrying his baby. 

Fellow Cats players Mitch Duncan, Patrick Dangerfield, Brandan Parafitt followed in Geelong merchandise  

Cats star Cameron Taheny arrived at Perth in a Geelong beanie and a face mask

Cats star Cameron Taheny arrived at Perth in a Geelong beanie and a face mask 

Geelong player Gary Ablett clutched a stack of paperwork as he left Perth Airport

Geelong player Gary Ablett clutched a stack of paperwork as he left Perth Airport 

Cats star Jordan Clark donned a Geelong hoodie and hat along with a face mask

Cats star Jordan Clark donned a Geelong hoodie and hat along with a face mask 

Geelong stars Tom Hawkigs and Joel Selwood left the airport together chatting and wheeling their suitcases.

Cats player Cameron Taheny arrived at Perth in a Geelong beanie as well as a face mask. 

Geelong head coach Chris Scott also donned a face mask and left the airport clutching headphones and documents.     

Most AFL teams escaped Melbourne on Monday and flew into Sydney and the Gold Coast. 

The Hawthorn Hawks and Melbourne Demons are safe in Sydney while St Kilda and Carlton headed north to Noosa and the Gold Coast respectively.    

Brandan Parfitt offset his full Geelong tracksuit outfit with a bright red beanie

Brandan Parfitt offset his full Geelong tracksuit outfit with a bright red beanie 

The Geelong Cats (player Blake Schlensog pictured) spent a week in Sydney before flying out

The Geelong Cats (player Blake Schlensog pictured) spent a week in Sydney before flying out

The Cats (player Stefan Okunbor pictured) beat the Brisbane Lions on Thursday night

The Cats (player Stefan Okunbor pictured) beat the Brisbane Lions on Thursday night

Cats player Gary Rohan left Perth Airport in blue Geelong colours

Cats player Gary Rohan left Perth Airport in blue Geelong colours 

Essendon Bombers, Western Bulldogs, Richmond Tigers and North Melbourne Kangaroos also touched down in Queensland on Monday afternoon.    

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the plan was for Victorian teams to return home after living away during a stretch of 45 games in 32 days, but that could change. 

‘The Victorian clubs now temporarily moving interstate are playing their part in ensuring our season endures in a year that will continue to challenge us all.

‘We will reassess our options depending on the COVID-19 situation across the country.

‘Everyone has to shoulder the load and bear the pain … we will work to make sure that by the end of the year it is as equitable as it can be,’ he said. 

Cats star Harry Taylor wore a Geelong hoodie on Saturday in support of his team

Cats star Harry Taylor wore a Geelong hoodie on Saturday in support of his team 

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