With much of Australia experiencing fresh COVID-19 outbreaks, the Suncorp Super Netball League is today relocating its operations to Brisbane, Queensland, in light of the latest lockdown in Adelaide, South Australia.
6pm Update: Vixens and Fever Game Rescheduled
While the rest of the Suncorp Super Netball fixture is being rescheduled, it has been confirmed by Mitch Woodcock that the West Coast Fever and Melbourne Vixens Round 8 clash will take place tomorrow night at 5 pm at Nissan Arena.
The West Coast Fever are due to fly out to Queensland tomorrow morning.
5pm Update: GIANTS Netball on the way to Queensland
GIANTS Netball will join seven Suncorp Super Netball clubs in Queensland today to play out the season.
The GIANTS were unable to fly from Adelaide to Brisbane yesterday after being linked to an exposure site in Melbourne.
The Victorian and the Queensland governments have since revised the exposure site. After confirming that the GIANTS are not linked to the site, they have been cleared to travel this afternoon.
All clubs are adhering to enhanced league protocols in Queensland, which includes stay at home restrictions.
The league and all clubs, players, coaches and staff are constantly monitoring exposure sites.
“We are delighted to have all eight Suncorp Super Netball clubs in Queensland to complete the season,” said Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan.
“The league is closely monitoring exposure sites and working with state governments to protect the health and wellbeing of all players, staff and umpires, as well as the broader community.”
The latest on players and staff
Shooter Tippah Dwan is currently isolating after being linked to a Tier 1 exposure site while SSN was in Victoria. Coach Megan Anderson last night confirmed the club hoped she would return to the group following her 14 day isolation period.
New South Wales Swifts
Head coach Briony Akle and the club’s team physio remain in South Australia. The pair are isolating after being identified as close contacts of patrons who attended a Tier 1 exposure site in Melbourne last week.
Update: GIANTS Netball will be granted entry to Queensland after exposure sites were updated.
Earlier: The entire GIANTS Netball squad remains in South Australia as both the club and SSN officials work with SA Health and the Queensland Government. It is unclear when the side will be able to rejoin the competition in Brisbane.
West Coast Fever
Update: Fever is in Brisbane with the other seven clubs.
Earlier: Fever is set to depart Perth en route for Brisbane tomorrow – COVID-19 permitting.
Broadcasters and umpires
It is unclear at this time which broadcasters and umpires are where. Some of Channel 9’s commentary team and umpires were on a cancelled flight out of Melbourne last week before being able to link up with the short-lived Super Hub in Adelaide.
Teams in Brisbane
On advice from the South Australian government, the Adelaide Thunderbirds, Melbourne Vixens, Collingwood Magpies, and NSW Swifts tonight departed Adelaide for Queensland, though the move has not been without difficulties.
A fixture for the final three rounds and further updates are due to be provided as soon as possible.
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