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NBL sends South East Melbourne Phoenix and New Zealand Breakers to Hobart due to Victorian COVID-19 outbreak


NBL clubs #South #East #Melbourne #Phoenix and #New #Zealand #Breakers will temporarily move to #Hobart following a fresh COVID-19 outbreak in #Victoria.

The #Breakers had moved to #Victoria in preparation for the season, but they will now shift to #Hobart to ensure they do not get stranded in the event of another lockdown in the state.

#Melbourne #United is in #Cairns ahead of two pre-season games against the #Taipans.

#Sydney #Kings and #Illawarra #Hawks recently moved to the NSW border city of #Albury, but they too will be moved due to the worsening situation.

The NBL is yet to announce where those two teams will be shifted.

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The #Kings are due to play the #Perth #Wildcats in a grand final rematch in #Perth on #January 15.

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#But with WA shutting its borders to both NSW and #Victoria, that game is almost certain to be rescheduled, along with a host of others.

“#Given the current situation in #Melbourne we have decided it’s prudent for both clubs [Phoenix and Breakers] to relocate to #Hobart and they will be accommodated and train there under strict COVID protocols,” NBL commissioner #Jeremy #Loeliger said:

“#This will give us time to assess and work through the next steps required as we prepare for the forthcoming NBL season.

“#We hope the current restrictions and resulting border closures will be eased as quickly as possible but we will need to stay flexible in our approach and we will continue to be guided by the advice of the relevant state health authorities.”

The NBL had planned to host a hub in #Melbourne from #February 20 for a month-long blitz of 36 games but that is now in jeopardy.

The season is scheduled to begin with the #Taipans hosting the #Adelaide 36ers in #Cairns on #January 9.

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#NBL #sends ##South ##East ##Melbourne ##Phoenix ##Zealand ##Breakers ##Hobart #due ##Victorian #COVID19 #outbreak

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