Brisbane’s Covid lockdown causes headaches for Queensland sport

Australia’s major sporting codes are again dealing with a significant Covid-19 disruption after Brisbane was sent into a minimum three-day lockdown.

The Queensland state government on Monday confirmed “significant” further community transmission of coronavirus since last week’s outbreak. Greater Brisbane – including the Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands areas – will go into lockdown at 5pm AEST on Monday.

The Brisbane Lions’ AFL home game against Collingwood at the Gabba on Thursday night has been moved to Marvel Stadium. The previously scheduled round 22 match between the two teams in Melbourne will now be held at the Gabba.

The Lions have been stuck in limbo in Victoria since last Friday night’s loss to Geelong, awaiting further updates on Brisbane’s developing virus situation.

Brisbane’s NRL team are on standby to fly to Melbourne early ahead of Friday’s clash with the Storm at AAMI Park. As of Sunday, the Broncos were scheduled to return to Brisbane straight after the game, however, they could now be temporarily relocated out of their home city.

Broncos players were all tested over the weekend and returned negative results, and have been in isolation since being tested.

North Queensland and Cronulla are considering charter flights to the Sunshine Coast for their NRL clash on Saturday so they can avoid flying through Brisbane. Gold Coast host Canberra at home on Saturday, with that match likely to go ahead because the city is not part of the Brisbane lockdown.

Queensland Reds have remained in Sydney since their Super Rugby win over the Waratahs on the weekend and will fly direct to Melbourne this week for Saturday’s meeting with the Rebels.

Brisbane Roar’s A-League clash with Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday could be affected, while the NBL’s Brisbane Bullets are due to host South East Melbourne Phoenix on Friday.

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