UC Capitals opt out of semi-finals to prioritise player welfare

March 29, 2022 | UC Capitals news

The UC Capitals have been forced to make the difficult decision to not play in Game 2 of the Semi-Final Series, which the WNBL determined would be rescheduled to Wednesday, 6 April in Perth.

Game 2, originally scheduled for Sunday, 27 March in Canberra, was postponed as the UC Capitals were hit with a COVID outbreak and the club could not field the required number of seven athletes to play the game.

The UC Capitals now currently have eight COVID-positive players and the full squad is in isolation.

Following consultation with medical staff, the club was not prepared to risk the health and welfare of the team by committing to a long-haul flight early next week just as the affected athletes end their isolation period. The chance that some may still be suffering symptoms, thereby not receiving medical clearance to play, or simply requiring more time to return to match fitness posed too much of a risk.

The UC Capitals are incredibly disappointed with the outcome and lack of opportunity to participate. The club simply could not consider playing as the decision to move the game to Perth made our participation unreasonable.

The UC Capitals athletes, who’ve already endured incredible adversity throughout the season, are devastated by the outcome. The team were desperate for the chance to compete and with UC Capitals management, every possible solution was explored.

The club does not support the relocation of Game 2 to Perth which would have added additional physical and mental stress to the team’s load at a vulnerable time.

The UC Capitals acknowledge the heartbreak for all involved, including sponsors, members and fans, who wanted to see the team prevail and play for their chance at the championship after supporting them all season long.

It was not a decision taken lightly, but one that came down to health and welfare.

The Semi-Final Series will be awarded to the Perth Lynx, who will play in the Grand Final Series against the Melbourne Boomers. Read the league’s statement here.