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A-League cancels Roar-Glory, NBL game put off as sport responds to Perth lockdown



Sunday’s A-League clash between Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory is off, with the fixture postponed as a result of the three-day lockdown imposed by the Western Australian and Queensland governments.

Perth and the Peel region entered a snap 72-hour lockdown from Friday midnight WST after a man contracted COVID-19 while staying at one of WA’s quarantine hotels — Mercure Perth.

A close contact the man stayed with after his hotel quarantine period ended also tested positive to COVID-19.

The lockdown is due to end at midnight WST on Monday.

The Roar-Glory encounter was to have been played at the Moreton Daily Stadium in Redcliffe and details of the rescheduled match will be announced at a later date.

Meanwhile, Saturday night’s AFL clash between Fremantle and North Melbourne at Perth Stadium will go ahead, but without crowds.

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In the NBL, the Perth Wildcats played the Brisbane Bullets last night in Perth, winning 92-74 in front of 4,737 fans, ahead of the start of the lockdown.

However the Bullets’ scheduled game at 3pm AEST on Sunday against the South East Melbourne Phoenix at the Queensland State Netball Centre has been postponed until a later date.

The Phoenix will instead fly to Cairns to take on the Taipans at the Cairns Pop-Up Arena at 5pm AEST on Sunday.

In Super Rugby AU, the Western Force beat the Queensland Reds 30-27 in the hours before lockdown on Friday night in front of a crowd of 6,500, as the Force clinched a finals spot for the first time in their history.

WA clubs out of surf life saving finals  

Another Queensland sports event affected by the lockdown is the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

The championships, which are being held on the Sunshine Coast, are having their finals day on Saturday.

The Surf Life Saving Association has announced that any of their members affected by the Queensland restrictions on travellers from Perth cannot attend any championship site “until further advised”.

 “All Western Australian Clubs, officials and members were contacted to ensure that they comply with the public health order,” the SLSA said in a statement.

“All competitors scheduled to compete today have been contacted and SLSA can confirm that they have withdrawn from the competition.”   

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