Niamh McEvoy and Sinead Goldrick will not feature for Melbourne Demons in this season's AFLW play-offs, instead deciding to travel home to Dublin as the coronavirus pandemic sees more and more flights being grounded.
The All-Ireland winning duo have made a positive impact in their first seasons playing Aussie Rules, but have taken the decision to travel home after the AFLW cancelled the final two games of the regular season.
At this point there is no indication that other Irish players competing in the finals have made the same decision.
"With so much uncertainty in the world at the moment, we think what's best for Niamh and Sinead is to be back home in Ireland with their families," said AFLW Football Manager Daniel McPherson.
"Whilst we would obviously love for both of them to be lining up for us against GWS in our first ever AFLW final this Saturday, we took the view that getting them home safely was far more important at this point in time."
McPherson left the door open for the pair to return to Melbourne in 2021, praising their performances in their debut seasons.
"Niamh and Sinead have been outstanding additions to our group this year," McPherson added.
"Within a few short months, they have been able to learn a whole new game and have both become significant contributors in our performances this season.
"They are both terrific competitors who have worked incredibly hard on their AFL craft. We will miss having them with us as we head into our first AFL Women's Finals Series.
"We know the girls are disappointed that it has ended like this for now, but we look forward to hopefully seeing them back next season."
On Saturday, North Melbourne (Aileen Gilroy & Mairéad Seoighe) face Collingwood in the first 'semi-final', with the Demons taking on GWS (Cora Staunton & Yvonne Bonner) before Fremantle (Kate Flood & Áine Tighe) play Gold Coast.
On Sunday Joanne Doonan's Carlton take on Brisbane (Orla O'Dwyer).