NBL champs Wildcats cleared for Melbourne

Justin Chadwick
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The Perth Wildcats will be allowed into Victoria but the NBL team will need to spend the next two weeks living under strict COVID protocols.

The Wildcats initially tried to fly from Perth to Melbourne on Monday in a bid to escape Western Australia's hard lockdown.

Instead, they had to fly to Sydney after they were denied clearance to enter Victoria.

That clearance from Victorian health authorities has since arrived, and the team will depart Sydney on Wednesday on a flight to Melbourne.

Under the conditions of entry, the Wildcats must remain in isolation for the next 14 days when they are not training or playing.

But the Wildcats will be allowed to travel to Bendigo to play Melbourne United on Sunday.

Perth will remain in Melbourne until the completion of the NBL Cup, which starts on February 20.

The Wildcats have played just two games this season - a win and a loss to South East Melbourne Phoenix in Perth.

The defending champions haven't event been able to train since last Friday's one-point loss to the Phoenix, when Jesse Wagstaff missed a regulation lay-up on the buzzer.