24 March 2020
Updates from SCGT Sports Partners
AFL – (Sydney Swans)
The 2020 AFL season has been postponed due to implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, CEO Gillion McLachlan confirmed on Sunday afternoon (March 22).
"To say this is the most serious threat to our game in 100 years is an understatement. It is unprecedented in its impact," McLachlan said.
"It is unprecedented in the impact it is having on our game and the wider community, and as a community and as a code, we all need to take the unprecedented and required actions to get through this together.
"I know that everyone involved in our game and our millions of supporters will be impacted by this decision and that many people will suffer significant hardship as are people right across the community but I also know that we all have a responsibility to the community and each other. And we have the will to work collectively to overcome this crisis."
In a phone hook-up of club officials, the AFL said no matches would be played before June, but it is known that that timeframe could be significantly pushed back.
All round one games were played in spectator-less stadiums.
NRL – (Sydney Roosters)
The NRL has indefinitely suspended the 2020 season due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
The ARL Commission held a meeting at Rugby League Central on Monday (March 23), where it was decided that the rapidly-shifting nature of the pandemic would see the competition suspended.
"Our pandemic and biosecurity experts said due to the outbreak it is no longer safe for our players to play," ARLC Chairman Peter V'landys said.
"We are going to look at all the options.
"We thank the players for all their players and fans for the support. This decision hasn't been taken lightly. Our experts are very concerned with the rapid rate.
"We were alarmed at how everything changed over the past 24 hours.
"We've left it open and will make further announcements in the future. All options are still on the table but what's paramount is the health of our players.
"It's catastrophic, I don't think we've ever come across a financial crisis like it."
Super Rugby – (NSW Waratahs)
SANZAAR announced on Tuesday (March 17) that it would suspend the 2020 Super Rugby tournament at the conclusion of this weekend’s matches for the ‘foreseeable future’.
The Waratahs-Sunwolves clash at the SCG (March 28) has been postponed.
A-League & W-League (Sydney FC)
Football Federation Australia (FFA) today (Tuesday 24 March) announced that it has postponed the final rounds of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season. This postponement is effective immediately.
The decision is the latest in a series of measures introduced by FFA in response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and comes with the unanimous support of all Hyundai A-League clubs. FFA will review the situation over the coming weeks with a further formal status assessment now scheduled for April 22nd.
The goal at this stage is to reschedule games as soon as it is reasonably possible to do so in order to complete the season. The clubs and players have indicated to FFA that they will be ready to continue should the competition be able to resume.
The decision reflects the stringent social distancing measures that have now been introduced by Government and the introduction of State border restrictions within Australia and the implementation of the highest levels of border restrictions for New Zealand. The accumulative effect making the continuation of the competition impossible at the present time.
“Our priority is to ensure the safety of both the football community and the community at large. As each passing day raises additional concerns for the safety of both, it is imperative that we follow the lead of Governments at National and State level and take the necessary precautionary and proactive measures and in doing so play our part in preventing the spread and impact of COVID-19," FFA CEO James Johnson said.
Cricket (Cricket Australia)
In response to the New Zealand Government's latest travel restrictions, Cricket Australia and the SCG was advised the New Zealand Men's Cricket team will be returning home on Saturday March 14.
The two remaining scheduled matches of the One-Day International series in Australia and the upcoming three-match T20 International series in New Zealand were postponed on March 15, until further notice.
Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket will work together to identify a future opportunity to play both series.