The players will wear two black bracelets in the week one of the AFL finals in honor of two of the biggest stars in the game who have been shaken by family tragedies in recent weeks.
Collingwood Magpies star Travis Varcoe is mourning the death of his 27-year-old sister, Margaret, last Thursday from injuries sustained in an AFL game in Adelaide four days earlier.
It is understood that Varcoe told the club he wants to play in Saturday's qualifying final against the West Coast Eagles in Perth.
Margaret, pictured with brothers Adam (left) and Collingwood star, Travis, died after a bizarre accident at the AFL in Adelaide
Star Footer Rory Sloane and his wife television host Belinda shared a heart-wrenching picture of Father's Day of their dead-born son Leo
Varcoe's sister died the same day that Adelaide Crows star Rory Sloane and her wife Belinda revealed they were mourning the loss of their first child, Leo, who was born dead last month.
"Last week we said goodbye to our beautiful little man, Leo Rory Sloane was born in the world yet, but he's perfect," Sloane revealed on Instagram last Thursday.
"Thank you for making us the proudest parents and filling our hearts with love beyond measure." The moments we had with you now are beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
On Father Day, his wife posted a heartrending photo of Sloane cradling his son.
"Happy father's day for our hero, Leo, and I love you," he published.
The poignant gesture was the brainwave of Richmond Tigers captain Trent Cotchin, which the AFL and the AFL Players Association announced in a joint statement.
"The football industry does an incredible job of uniting behind people who are going through adversity," said AFLPA chief Paul Marsh.
"Rory and Travis are two very popular members of the game group and this gesture, although small, shows the level of respect that the players of the competition have for each other."
Collingwood star Travis Varcoe told the club he wants to play this weekend, a week after the death of his sister Margaret (pictured)
Star Footer Rory Sloane and his television host wife Belinda Riverso revealed last week that their son Leo was born tragically dead. They shared Leo's photo above
Fans have embraced the comforting gesture.
"They are not the attributes we have in the sports field, but we are human and we have the feelings and we share the loss of a love … Peace to those affected and their spirit lives and looks after them," a man tweeted.
The Geelong players will also wear black armbands in honor of former Bull Bulls of the Footscrapers Ian & # 39; Bluey & # 39; Hampshire in their final elimination of Melbourne against the Melbourne Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday night.
Hampshire, who also trained Footscray, died this week at age 70, after a battle against the disease.
A beloved figure in both clubs, he played 224 games and was the first player in the league to exceed 100 games with two clubs.
The AFL final kicks off on Thursday night when defender Richmond takes on Hawthorn in a qualifying final at the MCG.