How COVID-19 crisis has impacted sports schedules

The growing COVID-19 crisis in NSW and Victoria has prompted massive changes for Australian sports, with several teams relocating and scheduled matches moved interstate.

Today NSW recorded 97 new coronavirus cases of community transmission, with 29 of those infectious in the community. The news means the cluster – which leads back to an unvaccinated limo driver at Sydney airport, who transported American flight crew – has surpassed 1000 cases.

Meanwhile in Victoria, the state recorded six new COVID-19 cases today as they embark on day one of a five-day lockdown. Victoria’s outbreak has been linked back to Sydney removalists that travelled across the border while infectious, spreading the virus in Melbourne where exposure sites now include major shopping centres and the MCG.

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As a result, other Australian states have imposed border restrictions and re-introduced COVID-19 prevention measures to residents.

The flow-on affect has been felt in the sports landscape across Australia, with many codes impacted. A total of 12 NRL teams have relocated to Queensland, as have Sydney’s AFL teams and six Super Netball sides.

Here is the following schedule for this weekend, with recently changed fixtures noted.

NRL

Friday

Gold Coast Titans v Parramatta Eels – Cbus Super Stadium – 6pm (AEST)

Manly Sea Eagles v St George Illawarra Dragons – Cbus Super Stadium – 8.05pm (AEST)

Saturday

North Queensland Cowboys v Sydney Roosters – Queensland Country Bank Stadium – 3pm (AEST) (Originally scheduled for 5.30pm)

Canberra Raiders v Cronulla Sharks – Cbus Super Stadium – 5.30pm (AEST) (Originally scheduled for 3pm)

Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights – Cbus Super Stadium – 7.35pm (AEST) (Originally scheduled at AAMI Park)

Sunday

New Zealand Warriors v Penrith Panthers – Suncorp Stadium – 1.50pm (AEST)

Brisbane Broncos v Wests Tigers – Suncorp Stadium – 4.05pm (AEST)

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – Cbus Super Stadium – 6.15pm (AEST)

AFL

Friday

Richmond Tigers v Brisbane Lions – Metricon Stadium – 7.50pm (AEST) (Originally scheduled at MCG)

Saturday

Gold Coast Suns v Western Bulldogs – Metricon Stadium – 4.35pm (AEST)

Melbourne Demons v Hawthorn Hawks – MCG – 4.35pm (AEST)

St Kilda Saints v Port Adelaide Power – Marvel Stadium – 7.25pm (AEST)

Sunday

North Melbourne Kangaroos v Essendon Bombers – Metricon Stadium – 12.35pm (AEST) (Originally scheduled at Marvel Stadium)

Collingwood Magpies v Carlton Blues – MCG – 3.20pm (AEST)

Adelaide Crows v West Coast Eagles – Adelaide Oval – 4.40pm (AEST)

GWS Giants v Sydney Swans – Metricon Stadium – 6.20pm (AEST) (Originally scheduled for Ballarat’s Mars Stadium)

Super Netball

Saturday

Melbourne Vixens v Collingwood Magpies – Netball SA Stadium – 1pm (AEST)

NSW Swifts v GWS Giants – Netball SA Stadium – 3pm (AEST)

West Coast Fever v Adelaide Thunderbirds – RAC Arena – 8pm (AEST)

Monday

Queensland Firebirds v Sunshine Coast Lightning – Nissan Arena – 7pm (AEST)

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