The Super Netball season is on a knife-edge after new COVID-19 cases in South Australia forced the league to abandon its plans for an Adelaide hub.
In an effort to keep the competition going, teams have been asked to relocate to a hub in Queensland – the fourth relocation in less than a month for the Swifts and Giants.
The NSW clubs were originally relocated from NSW to Queensland on June 23 due to the Sydney outbreak, before being moved to Victoria a week later due to an outbreak in Queensland. This week, the teams relocated to Adelaide before being told they need to travel back to Queensland.
As a result of a recent outbreak in South Australia, a condensed version of the Super Netball season will now be played out of Queensland with all eight teams set to play out of a hub in the Sunshine State.
Originally, the Giants were due to fly from Adelaide to Brisbane on Tuesday, but were forced into isolation after being linked to an exposure site in Melbourne.
The Victorian and the Queensland governments have since revised the natyure of the exposure site, with the Giants cleared to travel on Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s so challenging,” Netball Australia chief executive Kelly Ryan said in frustration on Wednesday. “I don’t think anybody would ever have expected this would be the case and the scenarios that we’re facing in 2021.
“Last Thursday, we made that decision based on the facts we had right in front of us at that particular time. Adelaide was considered a really good option for us just due to the nature in which they’ve handled coronavirus and the limited impact the coronavirus has had in the Adelaide market.”