Three AFL games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed, while the NRL frantically scrambles to see what south-east Queensland’s latest COVID lockdown means for the league.
In the AFL, Gold Coast and Melbourne were due to play on Saturday afternoon at Carrara Stadium, while Essendon and Sydney were scheduled to meet at the Gabba on Saturday night.
Those games, along with Sunday’s GWS-Port Adelaide match set for the Gold Coast, have been postponed.
The NRL is still trying to confirm its plans for the weekend, with discussions ongoing about potentially relocating matches.
Super Netball had a scheduled weekend off, but will be sweating on developments through the week to see if its season is impacted too.
The announcement of south-east Queensland’s latest lockdown came on Saturday morning after six new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the state.
All were the Delta variant, prompting the introduction of what Queensland officials called “the strictest lockdown” Queensland had seen during the pandemic.
“There will be no football matches,” Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said.
“So no community sport, no professional sport, nothing for the next three days. Starting as of 4:00pm today.”
The news caught many off guard, including a VFL match between the Suns and Southport Sharks on the Gold Coast, which was brought to an abrupt end midway through the first quarter when the lockdown was announced.