The already jam-packed WNBL season has been thrown into chaos with the Adelaide Lightning’s entire team forced into quarantine following Adelaide’s COVID-19 outbreak.
A Tuesday night clash against the Southside Flyers had to be cancelled and officials will have to reschedule another three games, with the Lightning players and officials forced into isolation in Townsville until November 23 by Queensland Health.
The team has been isolated and confined to their accommodation since Monday afternoon when the Queensland government advised that anyone who had entered Queensland from South Australia on or after Monday, November 9 must self-isolate until they have been tested for COVID-19.
The Lightning travelling party departed Adelaide at 6.10am (local) on Monday, November 9 on a direct flight to Brisbane.
All members of the Lightning group have been tested and are awaiting results while no member of the travelling party or the league has shown any signs or symptoms for COVID-19.
Flyers vs Lightning – Postponed
The afternoon’s #WNBL20 Rd 2 match featuring @SouthsideFlyers & @AdelLightning in Townsville has been postponed.
The @TownsvilleFire & @SydUniFlames match will still proceed at 7.00pm local.
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WNBL officials are planning how to proceed with the season while the Adelaide Lightning out of action and will have to either reschedule the four games they were due to play during that period, or change the fixture.
The entire season had already been packed in to a tight six-week window, with matches nearly every day in Townsville, Cairns and Mackay.
It comes as Adelaide’s COVID-19 cluster has forced the Queensland government to impose bans on the players’ families joining the team.
Lightning captain Steph Talbot, who was about to welcome her family to the North Queensland hub before the bans intervened.
“My family were going to come up and another (player’s) family were as well, but they can no longer come,” Talbot said.
“Everyone is shutting their borders after the COVID outbreak in Adelaide.
“Families could come to the hub, but not anymore.”
The second game on Tuesday night, the Townsville versus Sydney Flames clash, will go ahead as scheduled from 7pm Queensland time.
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