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Wallan basketball game postponed due to COVID-19 precaution

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TOMORROW night’s scheduled Country Basketball League men’s game between Wallan and Seymour has been postponed after two Wallan players were potentially exposed to COVID-19 during the week. 

The two players were working at Bunnings Springvale on Monday when a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 visited the store. 

The players were notified of the potential exposure late on Wednesday night and immediately went into self-isolation, undertook COVID-19 tests on Thursday and have been assisting Department of Health contact-tracing efforts. 

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The players attended a practice session in Wallan earlier in the week, and a decision was made to postpone the association’s men’s round-five game against Seymour on Saturday night. The women’s game is still scheduled for 6pm tomorrow. 

Wallan’s round-six men’s game against Myrtleford has also been suspended pending Department of Health investigations. 

An under-18 Victorian Junior Basketball League boys game between Wallan 1 and Bulleen 3 scheduled for 9.40pm tonight at Mill Park Basketball Stadium has also been cancelled. The outcome of the game will not impact the final result of VJBL grading, so neither team will be adversely affected. 

In a statement, Basketball Victoria said the risk of infection appeared to be minimal for both players, but that a cautious approach was to comply with current Victorian public health standards. 

RB Robson Indoor Stadium in Wallan is not considered a risk to the public and can be visited and utilised in line with current COVID-Safe restrictions. 

Basketball Victoria thanked Wallan Basketball president Gary O’Brien and the association for their cooperation, preparation and communication. 

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