The Australian Open and AFLW will play on, without crowds, but Saturday’s two A-League fixtures have been postponed due to Victoria’s five-day COVID lockdown.
While the on-court action at Melbourne Park and at multiple AFLW games is set to continue during the statewide lockdown period, the A-League and W-League have postponed games involving teams from Victoria.
Other sports, including cricket, Supercars and basketball, are also weighing up their options.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced the snap statewide lockdown on Friday following a surge of virus cases, with stage-four restrictions to be in place across the state from 11.59pm on Friday until 11.59pm on Wednesday.
Australian Open boss Craig Tiley said there was no prospect of cancelling the tournament and play would continue as scheduled, with players to compete in a ‘bubble’.
The AFL confirmed Friday night’s AFLW match between Geelong and the Western Bulldogs at GMHBA Stadium would go ahead as planned with crowds – in line with current government guidelines – but three matches in Victoria starting after the lockdown would be held behind closed doors.
St Kilda’s clash with Carlton, and Melbourne’s game against North Melbourne – both on Saturday – will be closed to the public, as will Sunday’s match between Collingwood and Richmond.
GWS’ game against Gold Coast and Adelaide’s clash with Fremantle are planned to go ahead with crowds – while West Coast and Brisbane are yet to have their game locked in.
In the A-League, Western United’s home match against Sydney FC at AAMI Park and Melbourne City’s game with Western Sydney Wanderers at Bankwest Stadium have both been postponed.
In a statement, Western United confirmed the decision to postpone their match with the Sky Blues, saying it was the only option from a health and safety perspective.
The club are waiting on Victorian government advice on whether an exemption for professional sport during the lockdown will allow the team to keep training.
As well as the two A-League fixtures, Saturday’s W-League match between Newcastle and Melbourne City has also been postponed, with the Jets team to fly straight back to NSW on Friday after landing in Melbourne as the lockdown was announced.
Tuesday’s A-League match between City and Sydney FC at AAMI Park is also under a cloud while similar doubts exist for Melbourne Victory’s home game against Wellington Phoenix on Wednesday.
Supercars have postponed a planned test day in the Victorian town of Winton, moving that from Tuesday next week to Friday, February 19.
The NBL has two games scheduled in Victoria over the weekend, with Melbourne United due to host Cairns on Saturday, and South East Melbourne Phoenix slated to play Perth on Sunday.
The inaugural NBL Cup, with all nine teams travelling to a Melbourne hub, is currently scheduled to start next Saturday.
Meanwhile the lockdown may delay cricket superstar Pat Cummins’ captaincy debut for NSW.
Cummins, Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon were set to face Victoria in a one-day game at North Sydney Oval on Monday.
The SCG is scheduled to host a star-studded Sheffield Shield clash between the Blues and Vics on Wednesday.
Cricket Australia is weighing up its options, just two days after finalising its 2020-21 fixtures, but a rejig will be required unless it can secure exemptions for Victoria’s squad.
Meg Lanning’s Victoria and Alyssa Healy’s NSW completed their one-day clash in Melbourne on Friday, with neither side scheduled to play again until February 21.