Australian Women's League Moves North To Queensland
Australia's Queensland state managed to control COVID19 outbreaks better than most. As a result, many of the country's professional sports leagues moved teams and matches to the socalled Sunshine State over the past six months in order to complete their seasons.
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- Last Updated: October 9, 2020, 6:39 IST
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BRISBANE, Australia: Australia’s Queensland state managed to control COVID-19 outbreaks better than most. As a result, many of the country’s professional sports leagues moved teams and matches to the so-called Sunshine State over the past six months in order to complete their seasons.
On Friday, the Women’s National Basketball League decided to do the same to start and finish its season over a six-week period beginning next month.
The Australian Football League and the National Rugby League also moved matches and relocated teams to Queensland, where the coronavirus was mostly contained because of a stringent policy of closing the state borders. Those limitations are still in effect for some states.
The WNBL said the northern Queensland cities of Cairns, Townsville and Mackay would host the 56-game regular season and four-game finals series between Nov. 12 and Dec. 20.
Players and officials from official COVID-19 hotspots Victorian state teams the Southside Flyers, Melbourne Boomers and Bendigo Spirit as well as the Sydney Uni Flames in New South Wales will arrive in Brisbane this month for a 14-day quarantine period before heading further north to play in the league.
Just as fans have been allowed to watch NRL and AFL games in Queensland, spectators will be permitted at WNBL games in line with the latest state government protocols. No imports will feature this season but a bulk of the Australia’s national women’s squad, the Opals, will be playing, including WNBA All-Star Liz Cambage.
Lauren Jackson, the former Seattle Storm star, is the WNBLs head of womens basketball.
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