20/04/2024

Fever and Vixens after the game in round one. (Photo: supernetball.com.au)

The game between the Vixens and the Fever has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and strict border restrictions.

The league has announced that the game between reigning premiers the Melbourne Vixens and the undefeated West Coast Fever has been cancelled.

The game was scheduled to take place on Sunday at 3pm at RAC Arena in Perth, but was called off due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and border restrictions.

The Vixens were meant to fly out of their Queensland hub today before the change in border restrictions, the side now staying put until everyone in the hub is fully cleared.

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The Vixens travelled to Sydney to face of in the Melbourne Derby against Collingwood, with a few players visiting the state’s Northern Beaches during the sides bye weekend before returning to the hub on Monday.

Although players didn’t attend an exposure site or were classified as close contacts with anyone who did, WA border restrictions classify anyone who has been in New South Wales over the last 14 days as a risk.

In a statement released today, the Fever stated their disappointment in the cancellation of the match.

“West Coast Fever is extremely disappointed that Melbourne Vixens have refused to travel to Perth for our fixture at RAC Arena on Sunday, June 27,” it said.

“This is not in the best interests of the competition and devastating for our club, members, sponsors and fans.”

Super Netball will work closely with both clubs and other stakeholders to discuss the next steps and what it means for the result of the game.

The West Coast Fever are scheduled to play the New South Wales Swifts next round, with the Fever meant to travel. The strict border restrictions currently leave the specifics of the match up in the air.

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