Coronavirus QLD sports: Complete guide to impacts on Queensland sports and leagues; juniors, AFL, rugby league, union, soccer, football, school sport; surf life saving

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As several national and international sporting events shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, local sports face the difficult prospect of deciding whether to cancel their own events.

Keep track of all potential closures and the leagues that are going ahead here.

The list will be updated throughout the weekend with timestamps indicating the latest updates on each sport.

A running blog on national coronavirus issues in sport can be found here.

The latest NRL specific content can be found here.

The latest AFL specific content can be found here.

The latest cricket specific content can be found here.

media_cameraLocal sporting leagues and organisations will face some tough decisions this weekend.

AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL

THE Brisbane Lions will play without spectators in their AFLW clash with Collingwood at Hickey Park on Saturday afternoon.

“As of Saturday March 14 … AFLW matches will only host players, coaches, essential club officials, umpires, AFL officials, broadcast teams, media & required venue staff with no supporters permitted to attend,” the league said in a statement.

The AFL has moved ahead of the government’s advisory to cancel mass gatherings of more than 500 people from Monday onwards.

Meanwhile, AFL Queensland CEO Dean Warren says the governing body was taking a “calm but pro-active” approach with their community and schools football but pre-season training for juniors and seniors and Auskick programs were proceeding as normal, for now, albeit with an extra sense of caution.

“We are working through the different scenarios and developing strategies to put in place but as we speak, it is business as usual for us,’’ Warren said.

“We are in constant communication with clubs and other stakeholders in the game to ensure everybody is taking the appropriate pre-cautions to limit any exposure.

“Things like community umpires not training together or limiting travel unless it is absolutely urgent are things we are looking at. Community football clubs are community meeting places so we may have to look at measures such as postponing the start of our season.

“But we will proceed as normal and we will be guided by the AFL and other bodies such as the Department of Education and their expert advice.’’

Of the 900 Auskick centres in Queensland, 700 operate out of schools.

A phone hook-up with state CEO’s and the AFL took place on Thursday and updates were being shared on a regular basis.

Guests at the Brisbane Lions season launch on Wednesday night had to use hand sanitiser before entering the function that had a “no hand-shake” policy while guests were also asked to wash their hands regularly and cover their mouths if coughing or sneezing.

Invited guests who felt ill in the build-up to the event were encouraged not to attend.

The Lions also cancelled a media lunch set down for today.

QFA Div 2 opening round matches set to continue at this stage.

– Greg Davis & Andrew Dawson (Updated: 4.41pm, Friday the 13th)

BASKETBALL

BASKETBALL Queensland has suspended all programs, events and fixtures until further notice.

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rises in Queensland, BQ said the decision to temporarily suspend all fixtures and events is an “appropriate measure to ensure the safety of our members”

“As an organisation, we believe the health and well being of our participants and members comes first,’’ a statement said.

“This is not a decision that we have taken lightly and we would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience during this difficult time.

“Please be assured that BQ will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates over the coming days.”

Suspended Fixtures/Events include:

All QNJBC fixtures: 14 – 15 March

All CQJBC fixtures: 13 – 15 March

All BQJBC fixtures: 14 March

Townsville Club Coaches Course – 14 March

– Greg Davis (Updated: 4.41pm, Friday the 13th)

THE Brisbane Capitals have cancelled their fan day at Auchenflower Stadium.

The NBL1 club had invited “juniors, coaches and families” to attend the event from 11am.

– Greg Davis (Updated: 6.09pm, Friday the 13th)

CRICKET

QUEENSLAND Cricket is keeping tabs on its stars scattered in distant ports around the globe but is set to press ahead with Premier Grade fixtures this weekend.

Queensland Cricket management will have an urgent phone hook-up this morning after being brief by Cricket Australia aboutthe global threat of the coronavirus.

All-rounder Ben Cutting and Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn are playing in the Pakistan Super League, with Lynn scheduled to travel to India in the next few weeks the lucrative Indian Premier League which is scheduled to start on March 29.

But there are now growing concerns over the future of the IPL which may be cancelled or played without spectators.

IPL officials are scheduled to meet with government representatives today to discuss the future of this season’s IPL.

The Indian-South Africa 50-over tournament is already been played behind closed doors.

Earlier today Cricket Australia announced the three match 50 over series between Australia and New Zealand which starts atthe SCG today would be held behind closed doors.

At this stage, there is no plan to cancel Premier Cricket in Brisbane this weekend or a celebration at Allan Border Field on Sunday for the 90th anniversary of the first women’s cricket match played in Queensland.

Queensland-based cricketers Ben Laughlin and Nathan Reardon are in Mumbai with an Australian Legends team captained by BrettLee.

The final round of Sheffield Shield games next week will go ahead at this stage, with the Bulls travelling to Adelaide next week.

AIC schoolboy cricket was scheduled to proceed this weekend, including the match between St Patrick’s College and Marist College Ashgrove despite a couple of boys from Paddies’ being placed in isolation.

First XI GPS cricket is scheduled to go ahead as planned

– Robert Craddock & Andrew Dawson (Updated: 1.18pm, Friday the 13th)

FOOTBALL

BRISBANE Roar’s A-League match against Central Coast Mariners tonight will go ahead as scheduled at Suncorp Stadium despite coronavirus fears having led to the postponement and cancellation of a host of other sporting events.

The match will still open to fans, with the Roar, Suncorp Stadium and Football Federation Australia promising to provide “an environment that ensures the safety of members, fans, staff and players”.

“The club continues to work with Suncorp Stadium to be in accordance with the Australian Federal Government recommendations,” the Roar said in a statement.

“The club deeply values the safety of its players, staff, members and fans.”

Extra measures tonight to further safeguard against the coronavirus tonight include:

– placing additional hand sanitisers around the stadium with supporting signage

– placing guidance on hand washing in bathrooms

– thorough and regular sterilisation of surfaces around the Stadium, including bathrooms, benches, ATMs and all touch points such as door handles, escalator rails, lift buttons etc.

– initiated heightened sanitation programs to limit the potential transfer of any viral material

– continued rigorous adherence to ISO and HACCP food safety management standards within all catering services

Suncorp Stadium is also implementing “flexible seating” to ensure fans are “comfortable and safe”.

FFA head of leagues Greg O’Rourke said all A-League games, as well as the W-League semi-finals, will be played as scheduled this weekend with “increased levels of hygiene practices and access to all our valued fans and other stakeholders”.

“In collaboration with clubs and our key stakeholders, we are also ensuring our plans are scalable should the situation escalate further,” O’Rourke said.

“This may involve playing matches behind closed doors in the future but again this will be based on government advice.

“We are in discussions regarding leagues and clubs’ non-match day activity, such as community visits, football clinics and players’ and officials’ attendance at events. As with our match day mitigation protocols, we will be prioritising the advice of Government and our medical staff in decision making in this context.

“As always, the health and welfare of our players, officials, volunteers, fans and all stakeholders is a priority for us during this time.”

– Marco Monteverde (Updated: 12.29pm, Friday the 13th)

JUNIOR SOCCER CANCELLED

FOOTBALL Queensland has postponed a junior carnival this weekend that was expected to attract up to 3000 people at Logan.

Citing advice issued by Australia’s chief medical officer Dr Brendan Murphy, who recommended the cancellation of all non-essential, organised gatherings of more than 500 people to contain the spread of coronavirus, FQ has acted.

“While the Australian Government will apply the recommendation from Monday, FQ has made the decision to take precautionary measures and postpone this weekend’s SAP (under 9 and 10) state carnival per the advice of Australia’s chief medical officer,” FQ said in a statement.

“The health and safety of all members of the Queensland football community remains paramount to Football Queensland and with close to 3000 people expected to have been in attendance at the SAP carnival this weekend in Logan, the decision was made to postpone the event,”

FQ will next week make a decision on the SAP under 11 and 12 boys scheduled to start on Saturday week.

– Marco Monteverde (Updated: 3.19m, Friday the 13th)

NETBALL

NETBALL Queensland, the Queensland Firebirds and Sunshine Coast Lightning issued a joint statement saying their highest priority was “the health and wellbeing of its athletes, staff, the netball community, members, fans and all other stakeholders”, with the Firebirds officially cancelling their Sunday Fan Day.

Some activities and events could be postponed or cancelled with “additional precautionary measures to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus” to be put in place should events go ahead.

Physical contact with the players along with photos and autographs could be banned.

“We will keep you informed of the status of scheduled events. As information on the virus continues to evolve each day, it is possible that some events may need to be cancelled/postponed at short notice,’’ the joint statement said.

“All three organisations continue to monitor the situation carefully and take advice daily from Netball Australia, each organisation’s medical staff, government representatives, venue managers and many others.

“We appreciate the ongoing support and understanding from you all during this challenging time.”

– Greg Davis (Updated: 1.26pm, Friday the 13th)

THE Downey Park Netball Association advises the opening two rounds of fixtures on March 28 and April 4 have been suspended.

– Andrew Dawson (Updated: 4.44pm, Friday the 13th)

FOLLOWING Federal Government advice, the Suncorp Super Netball league’s official pre-season tournament, the Suncorp Team Girls Cup, has been cancelled due the risk associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The pre-season tournament was due to take place at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney from 27-29 March, bringing together all eight Suncorp Super Netball teams, including all athletes, team staff, umpires and officials, as well as club and league administration.

Suncorp Super Netball CEO Chris Symington said the health of all stakeholders involved in the event was at the forefront of the decision to cancel.

– Netball press release (Updated: 6.01pm, Friday the 13th)

RACING

SATURDAY’S $1.6 Million Jewel race meeting on the Gold Coast is set to go ahead as planned, but racing officials have planned a meeting for Monday which may result in future events being quarantined from the general public in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Racing Queensland is set to meet with chairs and chief executives of south east Queensland race clubs on Monday, where the coronavirus will be top of the agenda.

The feature meeting at Moonee Valley in Melbourne on Friday night is set to go ahead as normal and the Gold Coast Turf Club plan to do the same for the Jewel meeting, which is one of their signature days.

“Our staff have been fully briefed. We are undertaking directions as outlined by federal and state governments,” GCTC chief executive Steve Lines said.

“We have obviously put in extra measures arounds hygiene and cleanliness for tomorrow’s meeting. We’re cautious and measured on our approach.”

It is understood at least one major event set to be held at the Brisbane Racing Club in July (separate from racing) has been cancelled and the club is waiting on further updates as to whether the major winter carnival meetings will be affected.

It is further understood the Australian Turf Club in Sydney is making contingency plans around next Saturday’s rich Golden Slipper meeting at Rosehill.

– Nathan Exelby (Updated: 12.19am, Friday the 13th)

RUGBY LEAGUE

GRASSROOTS rugby league across Queensland will go ahead as scheduled this weekend unless the government issues an urgent cancellation.

Both of Friday’s NRL matches have been given the green-light by the NRL despite the government declaring a ban of all non-essential events of more than 500 people from Monday.

The NRL confirmed that the Raiders-Titans match in Canberra and the Cowboys-Broncos match in Townsville will proceed as usual, with fans permitted to attend.

However, the league will play behind closed doors in Round 2 as the league grapples with the global pandemic.

The Intrust Super Cup, Queensland’s premier league competition, begins on Saturday and was not expected to be impacted.

Crowd numbers are much smaller in the ISC than the NRL and the games are unlikely to be assessed as “mass gatherings”.

The junior footy season is yet to begin, with trial games mostly taking place over the weekend.

“There’s no cancellations at this stage,” said QRL chief Rob Moore.

“We are keeping an eye on all our events but until we receive further advice from authorities, our junior league games and Intrust Super Cup games will go ahead.

“It is a critical day for everyone and we are waiting for a response from medical experts and the governments.

“It’s a day by day thing, we have a working group set up here, we are linked to the NRL with their working groups.

“We are doing everything we can but we will be guided by the medical experts.”

– Travis Meyn and Peter Badel (Updated: 5.15pm, Friday the 13th)

REGIONAL GAME CALLED OFF

A RUGBY league game slated for regional NSW this weekend has been postposed after one of the players involved had to be tested for coronavirus.

A player, who has undergone precautionary testing, is part of a side competing in the 2020 Women’s Country Championship competition.

– Nick Walshaw (Updated: 11.46am, Friday the 13th)

RUGBY UNION

GHOST games are to be a reality in Super Rugby with games in Australia beyond this weekend to be played in empty stadiums.

Rugby Australia said on Friday that the Australian Government’s advice on non-essential gatherings of 500 people or more would be applied with closed venues from Round Eight.

The Melbourne Rebels-Sunwolves game at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on March 20 and the NSW Waratahs-Bulls match at Tamworth’s Scully Park on March 21 will be the first affected.

The Reds have a helpful bye over that weekend while the coronavirus crisis evolves.

The Super W qualifying final on March 21, expected to involve the Reds and Brumbies women’s teams, will also be played at an empty venue, possibly Ballymore.

The Reds-Bulls and Sunwolves-Crusaders matches set for a double-header at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday will go ahead.

There are no current plans by Rugby Australia or SANZAAR to cease international travel, however travel advice will be monitored closely over the coming days and weeks.

Rugby Australia, RUPA, and the four Super Rugby teams agreed to the plan on a teleconference on Friday following the Government’s announcement.

Saturday’s final round of Premier Rugby club trials for all grades will go ahead at Kenmore Playing Fields (Brothers v Universityof Queensland), Bottomley Park (Easts v Souths), Courtney Oval (Wests v Norths) and Oldmac Oval (Sunnybank v GPS).

Governing body SANZAAR was today informed by the Argentina Rugby Union that the mayor of Buenos Aires City had issued a “no spectators” edict for sport in the capital.

“The government has directed that while major sports events may take place in the city as scheduled for the next 30 days thereis to be no spectator presence,” a SANZAAR spokesman said.

A Suncorp Stadium advisory said Brisbane’s premier football venue was following advice from the Department of Health with the precautions in place.

To help ensure the safety of fans and team members, extra precautions will include additional hand sanitisers and placingguidance on hand washing in bathrooms

“Thorough and regular sterilisation of surfaces, including bathrooms, benches, ATM machines and all touch points such as doorhandles, escalator rails and lift buttons will be conducted,” a Suncorp Stadium statement said.

“(As well as) Continued rigorous adherence to food safety management standards within all catering services.”

– Jim Tucker (Updated: 6.19pm, Friday the 13th)

ROWING

THE Head of the River rowing competition between GPS schools is planned to go ahead at this point, with organisers suggesting they are “99 per cent sure” it will be happening.

– Mike Colman (Updated: 12.17pm, Friday the 13th)

SURFING

THE ironically named Corona Open Gold Coast event this month has been cancelled due to escalating coronavirus fears. Read the full story here.

– Eliza Reilly (Updated: 9.58am, Friday the 13th)

SURF LIFESAVING

FOLLOWING updated advice from health authorities, Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) today announced it will be cancelling the 2020 Queensland Youth, Seniors, and Open Surf Life Saving Championships.

The decision comes after government recommendations today that all non-essential public gatherings of more than 500 people be cancelled in the interests of safety.

The championships were scheduled to be held on the Sunshine Coast over two weekends, from March 20-22 and March 27-29, with more than 3,000 surf lifesavers expected to line up across the six days of competition.

SLSQ sports manager Stuart Hogben said the safety of members was the number one priority in making the decision.

“While we’d obviously love the competition to continue, it’s important to note the health and wellbeing of our members, volunteers, and officials remains paramount, and is the number one priority for us at all times,” he said.

“Unfortunately, the updated advice coming from health experts this afternoon left us with no other option but to cancel this year’s championships in the interests of safety.

“We thank all competitors and clubs for their understanding, and we’ll continue to provide further updates as required.”

– SLSQ press release (Updated: 5.01pm, Friday the 13th)

SWIMMING

FRIDAY’S swimming carnival for Mater Dei Catholic Primary School at West Ashgrove was called off.

The decision to cancel was based around rainy weather at an outdoor pool as well as risk limitation with the uncertainty around coronavirus, a Brisbane Catholic Education spokesman said.

The swimming carnival will be rescheduled in Term Four.

No Catholic Secondary Schoolgirls’ Sports Association (CaSSSA) fixtures have been cancelled at this time, although the association was monitoring the latest advice from Queensland Health.

Jim Tucker & Andrew Dawson (Updated: 1.15pm, Friday the 13th)

TRIATHLON

THE Mooloolaba Triathlon festival is going ahead with 4000 competitors set to race over the weekend in a variety of events.

The ITU World Cup races for Olympic hopefuls are scheduled for Saturday along with the ‘Superkidz Triathlon’ with the traditional Mooloolaba Triathlon for age group and teams to take place on Sunday morning.

A road race and cycling criterium are set to proceed this afternoon (Friday).

Triathlon bosses have provided an in-depth release on their response to the coronavirus here.

– Greg Davis (Updated: 2.08pm, Friday the 13th)

MORE TO COME

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