NRL and AFL games set to be cancelled as QLD goes into lockdown

Queensland health chief Dr Jeanette Young has announced the remainder of this weekend’s NRL and AFL games in the state have been called off due to a recent outbreak of Covid.

On Saturday morning, Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles confirmed a three-day lockdown for 11 LGAs from 4pm Saturday.

“There are now seven cases in the outbreak that we notified yesterday. We have seen from the experience in other states that the only way to beat the Delta strain is to move quickly,” Mills said.

“And so from 4:00pm today, the 11 LGAs that currently have mask-wearing requirements will go into lockdown. This will be the strictest lockdown that we have had.”

Dr Young then confirmed this weekend’s footy games would not go ahead when questioned by reporters.

“No, there will be no football matches,” Dr Young said.

“So, no community sport, no professional sport, nothing for the next three days. Starting as of 4pm today.”

Both leagues had teams move into bubbles in Queensland, but the new outbreak has thrown the future of both competitions up in the air.

The state had already played host to a number of games in Round 20 of the NRL, but all Queensland-based AFL games are set to be called off as well.

The NRL is reportedly conducting emergency talks with the Queensland government to seek exemption for the competition to continue.

Queensland health chief Dr Jeanette Young has announced the remainder of this weekend’s NRL and AFL games in the state have been called off.Source:Getty Images

The full list of cancelled NRL games include the Newcastle Knights v Canberra Raiders, Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers, Canterbrury Bulldogs v Gold Coast Titans and the Cronulla Sharks v Manly Sea Eagles.

Ess v Syd and GC v Melb are OFF. Demons are in transit and may have to fly straight back. Clubs waiting to hear when/if they can get out of QLD. @FOXFOOTY

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NSW AFL teams have their families in hotel quarantine in SE QLD, making any relocation even more complex

The rush to get them out of Victoria has so far resulted in multiple players forced into quarantine missing games in R18-19 & now additional games postponed R20

For the AFL, the games that won’t go ahead for the moment are the Gold Coast Suns v Melbourne Demons, Essendon vs Sydney Swans and GWS Giants v Port Adelaide.

The VFL game between Gold Coast and Southport was cancelled nine minutes into the first quarter after players were informed of the three-day snap lockdown and asked to leave the ground.

Dy Young has urged people to stay at home as the Delta strain outbreak begins to spread through Brisbane.

“We had six new community-acquired cases yesterday, so there are now seven in that cluster,” Dr Young told the media Saturday morning. ”They are related to two people who returned from overseas and were in hotel quarantine.

“We still don‘t have the direct link from one of those two cases through to these new seven cases, but I know through whole genome sequencing that that is where the transmission has occurred.

“We now have all five people in one household have been infected.”

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