Wildcats to remain in Brisbane
The Perth Wildcats will remain in Queensland despite their second practice match against the Brisbane Bullets being cancelled, after the WA state government announced it would close it's border to the state from midnight on Friday.
A highly infectious UK strain of coronavirus was detected in Queensland on Friday morning, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirming a three day lockdown in an effort to limit the risk of human transmission.
As a result WA Premier Mark McGowan has shut the border to the state, with anyone arriving from Queensland forced to quarantine for 14 days.
'Following the Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement regarding Western Australia’s border with Queensland, Perth Wildcats players and coaches will remain in Brisbane for at least another 24 hours.' the club said in a statement.
'The team was scheduled to return to WA on Friday evening after playing a practice game with the Bullets on Wednesday.'
'The two sides were also due to meet again on Friday morning, but the scrimmage was called off following an update from the Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk.'
The border closure places the NBL season commencement in some doubt, with the Wildcats set to host Melbourne United next Friday night, the match almost certain now not to go ahead.
More information on the NBL schedule is expected in due course.
IMAGE: Wildcats website.