WNBL revises fixtures after COVID-19 halt

Murray Wenzel
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The WNBL season will be shortened by one round to cope with Adelaide Lightning's sudden mid-campaign COVID-19 period.

The Lightning's games were postponed and the team forced into lockdown until Monday by the Queensland government after the latest coronavirus cluster was identified in Adelaide.

Players and WNBL staff have since returned negative COVID-19 tests and none have reported symptoms.

Originally, all eight WNBL teams were scheduled to play 14 regular season games across a condensed six-week season in Cairns, Mackay and Townsville hubs.

Now they will all play 13 games before the originally planned four-game finals series, which will begin on December 16, after the call was made to scrap four games from the schedule.

Adelaide's next game is against Melbourne Boomers in Townsville on Tuesday.

"When approaching the need to revise the 2020 season fixture, Basketball Australia prioritised the welfare of all eight teams plus the importance of maintaining the fairness and integrity of the competition," head of Australian women's basketball Lauren Jackson said.

The unique tournament features almost the entire Opals squad and is being viewed as an integral part of their charge for a maiden gold medal at next year's Olympic Games - should they go ahead in Tokyo - and the 2022 World Cup in Sydney.

"Once again, the WNBL has demonstrated that whatever challenges are thrown our way in 2020, our stakeholder group continue to work as one to deliver a season during an incredibly important period for Australian women's basketball," Jackson said.

"On behalf of Basketball Australia, I would like to thank everyone involved in this process for their pragmatic approach and thank the fans for their patience as we confirmed the revised fixture."

All those with tickets to the cancelled games will be contacted.

CANCELLED WNBL GAMES

* Capitals vs Sydney Uni Flames - November 25, Cairns Pop-Up Arena

* Adelaide Lightning vs Townsville Fire - November 26, Cairns Pop-Up Arena

* Melbourne Boomers vs Perth Lynx - November 28, Townsville Stadium

* Southside Flyers vs Bendigo Spirit - December 3, Cairns Pop-Up Arena