Netball, basketball finals postponed

Netball and basketball have both postponed their Dunedin premier club finals.

Both sports had finals scheduled tomorrow, including those in their pinnacle grades.

However, neither sport will go ahead as planned, due to the shift to Covid-19 Alert Level 4.

They join Dunedin hockey, which had already confirmed a postponement of its premier men’s and women’s finals on Wednesday.

Dunedin Netball has postponed all its premier and senior finals, and cancelled several school-grade competitions.

The postponed games include the premier A final between the Southern Magpies and Physed A.

Operations manager Lee-Anne Anderson said the organisation was assessing options for rescheduled dates, although it would depend on a shift in alert levels.

“We are currently looking at all options available and planning for a number of different scenarios for rescheduled competitions, including premier and senior secondary school finals.

"These scenarios are all dependent on a change in alert levels to at least Level 2, where we can run competitions in zones within the Edgar Centre, with limited numbers.

"Our first priority is to ensure our members are safe and all our planning is based around this."

A further update was expected on Monday.

Basketball Otago has confirmed it will play its men’s finals a week later, on Saturday, August 28, if alert levels allow.

That includes the A grade final, to be contested by the St Kilda Saints and Mid City Magic.

Dunedin would have to be back under at least Alert Level 2 for that to happen.

BBO said it was committed to completing the finals if possible, although that would depend on the timeframe of alert level changes.

The women’s finals were held earlier this month, but the women’s NBL games this weekend have been suspended.

In athletics, a decision is expected tomorrow on the Otago road race championships, which are scheduled for Sunday.

jeff.cheshire@odt.co.nz

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