Netball Australia fines Melbourne Vixens for not traveling to the Super Netball match against West Coast Fever

Melbourne Vixens have been fined by Super Netball for not traveling to Perth to play West Coast Fever in July.

After an investigation, Netball Australia found out that Vixens had broken the league’s team participation agreement.

Vixens received a $ 50,000 fine, half of which was suspended for two years, and was ordered to pay $ 31,702.92 to compensate for the cost of playing the match.

Vixens and Fever were scheduled to play their eighth round match on July 22, but Vixens chose not to travel to the match after three of their players participated in a COVID hotspot in Byron Bay.

A disagreement between the two clubs at the time failed to find a solution, with Fever refusing to play the game elsewhere and sacrificing the revenue from their home game.

Eventually, Netball Australia was forced to relocate the match elsewhere, and Fever still lost their home crowd advantage.

Netball player shooting a shot while being defended and her teammate holding under the post
The Vixens and Fever met in the Super Netball final in 2020, months before this drama unfolded.(AAP: Darren England)

“The COVID-19 pandemic presented unique challenges for our competition this year,” said Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan.

“Although the investigation noted that this was an unprecedented circumstance and there was no deliberate intent to distort competition, we take any breach of the rules seriously.

“Netball Australia recognizes the need for clearer processes and protocols for the 2022 Super Netball season.”

The 2022 Super Netball season starts on March 26th.

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