Giants train in Sydney last week

Giants train in Sydney last week. Credit: Twitter/@GIANTS_netball

Giants netball flew to Perth on Thursday ahead of their clash with the West Coast Fever. Now, the clash is in doubt as the Giants enter isolation under WA Health restrictions.

Update 8:57pm AEST: Giants Netball confirmed that WA Health authorities have granted approval for the game to go ahead as scheduled.

Update 10:38am AEST (Sat): Giants Netball confirmed April Brandley will return to Sydney with her 1 year old son and will miss the game on Monday night.

Suncorp Super Netball’s game of the round is under threat after Giants Netball and its players were locked into isolation upon arriving in Perth.

Giants confirmed to The Inner Sanctum that health advice changed while the squad was in the air after the club travelled to Perth on Thursday – but approval was granted by WA Health late Friday for the club’s clash with West Coast Fever on Monday night.

The team and all support staff are required to self isolate for 14 days, or until they leave the state on arrival.

The Giants confirmed that the players and staff were following the health advice and have been in isolation in accordance with WA Health directives since arrival.

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The Giants came under the microscope of WA Health after their clash with the Melbourne Vixens last week in Victoria, where they defeated the Vixens 68-54.

Essendon Bombers AFL side, who flew into Perth a day before, were subject to different restrictions to the Giants. The Bombers travelling contingent has all tested negative to COVID-19 and has been permitted to train and live as usual, with no additional restrictions, as allowed under their entry restrictions.

Discussions are ongoing with Netball WA, Netball Australia and WA health officials at the time of publication.
WA Health issued a statement on Thursday that as of 10am WA time on 27 May, Victoria was considered a risk state, and any persons who had been to Victoria since 16 May were required to self-isolate for 14 days since exposure on arrival.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan noted the difficulties for visitors, but reinforced the importance of protecting the health of locals.

“I understand that this will be inconvenient for many people, and I take no pleasure in putting in place these measures, but we must do all we can to protect all Western Australians,” he said.

Confirmation was received late Friday that the game will be permitted to go ahead, but it is yet unclear what other restrictions will be in place.

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