NRL 2020 COVID-19 Second Wave - Melbourne Relocated from Victoria
22nd June 2020
The Round 7 Telstra Premiership match between the Melbourne Storm and the New Zealand Warriors on Friday night will be relocated from AAMI Park in Melbourne to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Sydney. The Apollo team made the determination today to ensure the health and safety of the players, staff and wider community given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Victoria. The Storm will fly to Sydney later this week to complete preparations. All Storm players and football staff will undergo COVID-19 tests to ensure no risk to the competition prior to Friday nightís game. NRL Acting CEO Andrew Abdo thanked the Storm club, players and staff for the sacrifice they will make over this period. "I want to thank the Melbourne Storm players for putting the game ahead of their personal circumstances. What Iím most proud about this year is that every obstacle we have faced the game has banded together to reach an outcome in the best interests of the overall competition," he said. It was important to take decisive action not only in the best interest of our players and staff, but the broader community. We have shown that if there is even the slightest risk of infection we wonít hesitate to reschedule or relocate games."
Health Minister Jenny Mikakos announced a state of Victoria had returned to Stage 2 restrictions. Victoria's case numbers are the highest they have been in more than two months. "We've had more than 100 new cases in the past seven days and the main cause for this increase has been through cases in families," Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said.
COVID 19 Second Wave - Storm Relocate to Sunshine Coast
27th June 2020
Melbourne Stormís NRL squad will set up a home away from home on the Sunshine Coast today ahead of their round 8 NRL clash with the Sydney Roosters which has been switched from AAMI Park to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Under the NRLís Project Apollo protocols, a total of 55 players and staff will be involved in the camp which will be based at the Twin Waters Resort with the club to use the first-class training facilities on offer at Sunshine Coast Stadium. The Queensland Government has granted the club an exemption which allows the players and staff, who have been following strict COVID-19 protocols, to relocate to Queensland. Storm CEO Dave Donaghy said the initial Sunshine Coast camp would be for a two-week period, with the ultimate goal of bringing the squad back to Melbourne when it is safe to do so. "Sunshine Coast is the best option available to us in the circumstances we face at the moment and we would like to thank the Queensland Government for its assistance in making this relocation possible," Donaghy said. "We have strong links with Queensland and especially on the Sunshine Coast with our successful Lightning Super Netball team and our partnership with the Sunshine Coast Falcons. While in Queensland, Storm will comply with the requirements set by the NRL and State Government to minimise the risks to our football bubble and the wider community. Twin Waters Resort has allocated exclusive areas for Stormís use to minimise the health risks and family members of players and staff will also be allowed to stay at the resort with restrictions in place.
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