WA coronavirus LIVE: Longmuir channels Lyon as Western Derby set for round 17

“Every dollar of 2020 membership revenue we can retain could mean the difference between us being saddled with millions of dollars of debt for years, or a much lesser figure.”

Rookie coach Longmuir, 39, said the Dockers were prepared on the field for any opponent while the AFL determined the next four rounds of fixtures, the first to resume on June 11 with Collingwood and Richmond.

“We haven’t been told our fixture from the AFL yet… we’re just preparing our players to play anywhere, anytime against anyone at the moment,” Longmuir said.

Lyon made the famed quip ahead of a home qualifying final against a then-unknown opponent in Sydney at Subiaco after securing the 2015 minor premiership: “We are an anywhere, anyone, anytime team – that’s what we do. We don’t pick our opponent. We prepare for everyone in the same manner.”

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire, a member of the AFL’s coronavirus committee, also revealed on Wednesday night the likely date for a Western Derby, with the league’s preference to fixture it in the reduced season’s final round 17.

“The idea is for all teams to not have to travel in that final round, so they would essentially have two weeks at home in their owns beds [before possible finals],” he told Nine News Perth on Wednesday night.

The bizarre circumstances of the 2020 season is likely to also usher an historic first night AFL Grand Final on October 24 to avoid a clash with the traditional Group 1 Cox Plate at Mooney Valley that day.

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