Magpies prepared for heat after Sunshine Coast camp

Collingwood hopes a pre-season training camp in sub-tropical conditions on the Sunshine Coast will stand it in good stead for today's NAB Challenge match against North Melbourne in Wagga Wagga.

With temperatures expected to hit 38 degrees in the town, the AFL has activated its extreme weather policy for the match which will kick off at 4.40pm local time.

That means quarters will be reduced to 22 minutes, with teams able to return to the changing rooms at quarter-time and three-quarter time for eight-minute breaks. Half-time has also been extended to 25 minutes.

Collingwood football operations manager Marcus Wagner was confident the players would adapt to the conditions.

"The players have trained in the heat throughout the pre-season, and dealt with similar weather during our camp in Maroochydore," he told Collingwood media.

The extreme weather policy will also be used in the match between Essendon and Geelong in Shepparton this afternoon.

A decision will be made later today on tomorrow's matches between the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne, and the Brisbane Lions and St Kilda.

Meanwhile, star West Coast Eagles midfielder Andrew Gaff, who will be off contract at the end of this season, said he hoped to re-sign with the club.

Gaff was the best player in Thursday night's three-point win over the Gold Coast Suns in Joondalup, gathering 30 possessions in what was a sub-standard match played in very windy conditions.

The victory came at a cost, however, with recruit Lewis Jetta in doubt for round one after picking up a calf injury.



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