After a tumultuous 24 hours, Super Netball has announced that the West Coast Fever v Melbourne Vixens match scheduled for Round 8 will be rescheduled.
Late on Friday afternoon, it was announced that the Melbourne Vixens were not traveling from its Queensland hub to Perth, ahead of the match. The match was initially scheduled for 3:00 pm at RAC Arena in Perth.
Almost a day later, Super Netball announced that the Fever’s match against the Vixens would be rescheduled rather than canceled.
The Netball Australia Board issued a statement Saturday, explaining that the game will be rescheduled rather than canceled.
“The Board acknowledged the disruption of the past 24 hours but said decisions about the competition would always be taken with the interest of netball’s fans, players, clubs, broadcast and commercial partners in mind,” the statement said. “The Board has also confirmed that an investigation into events that occurred in the lead-up to the cancellation of Sunday’s game had now been launched”.
“Netball Australia will not publicly discuss the details of these events until the investigation and subsequent report is completed,” the statement continued. “The Board thanked fans for their patience and understanding of the complexity of delivering an elite national sport during a global pandemic”.
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It is understood that the game was initially thrown into chaos as some members of the Vixens visited Byron Bay over their bye week. Byron Bay, as part of NSW, prevented those members of the team from traveling into WA under their border restrictions.
The Vixens will next play the Sunshine Coast Lightning on the Sunshine Coast. The Fever was scheduled to travel to Sydney to play with NSW Swifts, but the game has been moved to Brisbane, where the Swifts have moved to base themselves.