WNBL game postponed, Lightning in lockdown

Murray Wenzel
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The WNBL's northern Queensland experiment has hit another COVID-19 hurdle with Adelaide forced to quarantine and their Tuesday clash with Southside Flyers postponed.

A fresh COVID cluster in Adelaide has prompted a tightening of borders in Queensland and complicated proceedings for the WNBL, which is being played across six weeks in hubs between Cairns, Mackay and Townsville.

Any person who has entered Queensland from South Australia on or after November 9 - the day the Lightning flew into the state - has been ordered to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19.

Lightning players and staff have been confined to their hotel since Monday and have been ordered to remain in self quarantine in Townsville until next Monday.

All have been tested, with a WNBL statement on Tuesday confirming zero cases, signs or symptoms of COVID-19 league-wide.

Tuesday's game was to be part of a double-header, with the Townsville Fire and Sydney Uni clash still going ahead in the re-jigged competition that has seen all players and staff shipped north to compete in a WNBL bubble.

But with no lenience given to the Lightning, officials are currently in talks to determine how to progress in the already-condensed tournament while they remain in isolation.

The AFL and NRL seasons were both able to be completed across multiple states despite strict border closures, thanks to exemptions that came on the condition of stringent biosecurity protocols.