Melbourne Vixens have been fined by Super Netball for not traveling to Perth to play West Coast Fever in July.
- Vixens did not travel to Perth in July because three key players had visited a COVID hotspot in Byron Bay
- The Fever did not want to move the game due to the resulting loss of gameday revenue
- Netball Australia moved and moved the match away from Perth due to later COVID outbreaks
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.
“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.