South East Melbourne Phoenix in isolation after stint playing Perth Wildcats in WA | Ralph Lauren

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South East Melbourne Phoenix players, coaches and staff are in self isolation in Victoria and have been tested for COVID-19 after spending last week living in Perth.

The NBL club played matches against the Perth Wildcats on January 24 and 29 and based themselves in the city for the duration of their stay.

Under NBL protocols, they were required to remain inside their hotel from 72 hours before each game, but had the freedom to move around on January 25 and 26. The club says the players still chose to remain at the hotel and hadn’t visited any of the hotspots.

The Phoenix flew home to Victoria on Saturday and had an extended lay over at Adelaide airport after being unable to book a direct flight.

Bryce Cotton of the Wildcats and Keifer Sykes embrace after Friday night’s game at RAC Arena
Camera IconBryce Cotton of the Wildcats and Keifer Sykes embrace after Friday night’s game at RAC Arena Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

They then travelled to Bendigo in regional Victoria and played Melbourne United.

Perth Wildcats players and staff are on standby this morning waiting for news of whether they can re-locate.

The Wildcats are scheduled to play Melbourne United on Sunday but will require a Victorian government exemption to enter the state.

Perth’s home game against New Zealand on Friday has already been cancelled.

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