The ongoing COVID outbreak has forced Super Netball to take action, bringing four teams from interstate to Melbourne overnight in order to keep the season going.
- For the next fortnight, at least six of Super Netball’s eight teams will be based in Victoria
- The Swifts, Giants, Firebirds and Lightning are all heading to Melbourne, while discussions are underway about the West Coast Fever
- Super Netball is working on options for this weekend’s fixture, and how to schedule future rounds
The NSW Swifts, Giants, Queensland Firebirds and Sunshine Coast Lightning are all on the move “for at least two weeks to safeguard the season”, Super Netball said in a statement.
The league also said it was working with government authorities and the West Coast Fever to determine their next steps.
Perth is in the middle of a four-day lockdown, while parts of Queensland including Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast are in lockdown until 6:00pm on Friday after COVID case numbers increased.
There was controversy over the weekend when the Fever’s game against the Melbourne Vixens was called off after three Vixens players were denied an exemption to enter Western Australia.
The Fever received strong criticism for their response on social media, where they claimed the Vixens had “refused to travel”.
The Melbourne team had just returned from five weeks on the road in Queensland amid an outbreak in Victoria. That game has been rescheduled for a date in August.
The precise details of matches for this weekend remain unclear.
“At this stage, the Round 9 clash between the Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Collingwood Magpies will go ahead as planned at Netball SA Stadium,” the league said in the statement.
“Netball Australia is working with SA Health on exemptions for the Magpies to enter the state, which will include adhering to strict COVID protocols and isolation requirements.
“The league is working through a number of options for the three remaining matches, as well as assessing Round 10 and beyond.”