Buccs off: Basketball round 3 postponed under COVID-19 restrictions

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Aaron Ralph was a key player in the Buccs' title-winning season and recorded his 399th game for the team - this season's opener was meant to be his 400th. He's shown here during the season in a game against the Perry Lakes Hawks. Former Wildcats player Shaun Redhage, now with Perry Lakes, is in the background.
Camera IconAaron Ralph was a key player in the Buccs' title-winning season and recorded his 399th game for the team - this season's opener was meant to be his 400th. He's shown here during the season in a game against the Perry Lakes Hawks. Former Wildcats player Shaun Redhage, now with Perry Lakes, is in the background. Credit: Supplied

Fans and players have been left reeling after a last-minute announcement by Basketball WA and NBL1 West postponed all round three games this weekend due to the COVID-19 restrictions which remain in place for the Perth and Peel region.

The Geraldton Buccaneers were set to take to the court tomorrow at Active West Stadium against the Joondalup Wolves in their first match of the season after rounds one and two were prevented from going ahead by Cyclone Seroja and the Perth COVID-19 scare.

Geraldton Buccaneers administrator Nerolie Gerreyn said it was “utterly disappointing” the team wouldn’t be able to play tomorrow.

“The team has had a great week on the court preparing for this game,” she said. “And we were very excited to see Aaron Ralph to play his 400th game.”

Ms Gerreyn said she understood the current requirement for anyone from the Perth and Peel region to wear a mask led Basketball WA and NBL1 West to postpone all games this weekend.

Announcing the postponements, NBL1 West said in a statement the organisation would continue to work on rescheduling the postponed games from round two.

“Basketball WA is extremely disappointed with the Governments decision despite pointing out that this means that 30,000 Western Australians who would have been playing basketball this week will no longer be able to do so as a result of this decision,” the statement read.

“The community's safety and health is paramount and we will continue to follow the latest guidelines and requirements.”

At a press conference today, Premier Mark McGowan confirmed that it will be mandatory for people in the Perth and Peal region to wear masks while indoors until Saturday, May 8.

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