Western Australia's virus lockdown wreaks havoc on Aussie sport

Andrew Reid
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Seen here, three West Australian sporting teams that are affected by the state's Covid-19 lockdown.
Western Australia's Covid-19 lockdown has affected a number of the state's sporting sides. Pic: Getty

Western Australia's sporting teams are feeling the pinch of the state's COVID-19 shutdown, with clubs forced into lockdown and one big finals fixture having to be relocated.

WA was plunged into a minimum five-day lockdown on Sunday after a security guard at one of Perth's quarantine hotels tested positive to COVID-19.

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For WA's Big Bash cricket side the Perth Scorchers, it's meant their scheduled finals fixture for Thursday night has been moved to Canberra's Manuka Oval.

The Scorchers were set to fly out of the nation's capital after losing their BBL qualifying final against the Sydney Sixers at the same ground on Saturday night.

Cricket Australia (CA), which has largely managed to stay one step ahead of border closures while doing everything possible to ensure players avoid coronavirus hotspots, quickly decided to change its plans.

WA chief health officer Andy Robertson flagged on Sunday that Perth could potentially host the BBL final without a crowd.

But CA, one day after giving the green light for the Scorchers to return home, opted to shift Thursday's high-stakes clash to Manuka Oval.

BBL boss Alistair Dobson thanked the Scorchers "for their understanding" regarding the shift.

"This has been an unprecedented ... BBL season and the ongoing flexibility and cooperation has been vital in getting us to this point of the finals series," Dobson said.

Perth will play the winner of Sunday night's elimination final between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat.

Several AFLW clubs also affected

The AFLW season has also been thrown into disarray, with with two clubs in lockdown, another thrust into 14-days of self-isolation and ticket sales for upcoming matches put on hold.

Players and officials from the competition's two WA-based clubs West Coast and Fremantle are under a strict 14-day lockdown.

Members of the Adelaide club who flew out of Perth after playing the Eagles over the weekend, have been told to self-isolate for 14 days after SA closed its WA border.

Pictured here, Adelaide AFLW players celebrate their round one win.
Adelaide AFLW players are self-isolating for 14 days after flying home from Perth on Sunday evening. Pic: Getty

Greater Western Sydney also jetted out of Perth with the Crows on Sunday evening after their match against West Coast.

GWS were able to depart Adelaide for Sydney on a chartered flight Monday morning, however players and staff don't face a 14-day quarantine period.

The Sydney clubs players and staff are expected to return home and self-isolate until at least Friday night, in line with NSW Health protocols, while they await further government and AFL advice.

GWS had been staying in an Adelaide hub - after previously spending two weeks in Albury - to allow their season to get underway in the wake of NSW's coronavirus outbreak.

The AFLW put ticket sales for round two - which were due to open on Monday - on hold, with the fixture set to require changes.

West Coast and Fremantle were scheduled to fly to Adelaide to take on the Giants and Crows respectively this weekend but those games appear certain to be postponed.

The AFLW fixture has not been released beyond round two.

with AAP

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