The WNBL has confirmed it will be moving forward in a shortened format after the first half of the season was heavily impacted by COVID-19.
Despite the number of quality games this season, the 2021/22 WNBL season has been challenging with no less than 16 games having been postponed, rescheduled, or cancelled.
With the recent border closure in Western Australia, the Perth Lynx will stay in Victoria until they’re able to return to their home state.
Despite all that has gone on throughout this season, the WNBL will power on although structural changes will be made.
Due to the number of games impacted already, the WNBL has shortened the format. Teams will now play in 18 games each, down from the originally scheduled 21.
The condensed regular season will conclude on March 16, and the WNBL Finals series will tip-off three days later on March 19.
The Finals series will still include the semi-finals and the Grand Final which will be played as a three-game series.
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The schedule will proceed as a rolling fixture and will be released in two-round blocks, giving the league flexibility given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID and state border restrictions.
As a result of the shortened format, any games that are impacted by the virus will be cancelled rather than postponed or rescheduled. This may result in a differential in games played per team, however, the ladder positioning will continue to be determined by the winning percentage as per usual.
Head of WNBL, Christy Collier-Hill said the league is still committed to doing anything they can to complete the season.
“As a league, we are 100% committed to completing the season and are working tirelessly behind the scenes to make that happen,” Collier-Hill said in a statement.
“Likewise, clubs are absolutely doing everything they can to see the season through, in what has been incredibly challenging times.”
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