A-League game postponed amid Vic lockdown | Ralph Lauren

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Saturday’s A-League match between Western United and Sydney FC in Melbourne has become the first sporting casualty of Victoria’s five-day COVID lockdown.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced the snap statewide lockdown following a surge of cases of the virus, with stage-four restrictions to be in place across the state from 11.59pm on Friday until 11.59pm on Wednesday.

Following the Friday afternoon announcement it was confirmed A-League champions Sydney would not travel to Victoria, with their game at Melbourne’s AAMI Park against United to be postponed.

Sydney’s subsequent fixture against Melbourne City at the same venue on Tuesday is also unlikely to go ahead as scheduled given the lockdown will still be in effect.

City are set to play Western Sydney at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday and could possibly stay in Sydney to face the Sky Blues in NSW rather than travelling back to Victoria, though this is yet to be confirmed.

The other fixture under a cloud is Melbourne Victory hosting Wellington Phoenix on Wednesday.

The lockdown is also set to have an impact on the W-League with Newcastle’s women’s team set to fly straight back to NSW on Friday having travelled to Melbourne earlier in the day ahead of their scheduled match with Melbourne City on Saturday.

Elsewhere, the AFL is in a crisis meeting to determine what to do with this weekend’s fixtures in the AFLW while the Australian Open tennis is set to continue, although without crowds.

Supercars have also 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 scheduled 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 also scheduled to start next Saturday.


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