With the coronavirus outbreak being felt worldwide, it’s unsurprising that sport this weekend is in limited supply… but what’s on this weekend? Read on, for more…
If you’re itching to watch some sporting action over the coming days, be prepared for an early start! There’s Australian football, rugby, football, netball and horse racing to take place – though the majority of these events will be played in Australia or New Zealand.
Why are sports still going on?
There are 915 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the two countries, with seven deaths – most of which coming in the last week. In comparison, the UK had 64 new cases and 40 deaths yesterday alone.
As of 9am yesterday, 64,621 people have been tested across the country with 3,269 confirmed positive. As of 1pm on Thursday, 144 UK patients who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.
Today, the horse racing is expected to go ahead at Dundalk, Ireland – behind closed doors this afternoon from 1pm.
Tomorrow, there are four AFL games: including Adelaide Crows vs Sydney Swans, a 5.35am KO (UK time).
Three rugby-league fixtures and two football matches too, as Melbourne City Women look to extend their unbeaten start to the season against Sydney.
As for Sunday, there’s more NRL and AFL but also two ANZ Premiership netball games – with similarly early starts at 3am.
Northern Mystics host Mainland Tactix, before Central Pulse entertain Southern Steel.
Without further ado, here’s the event and fixture list in full (UK times):
Dundalk (1.30pm – 5pm)
Essendon vs Fremantle (2.30am)
Adelaide Crows vs Sydney Swans (5.35am)
GWS Giants vs Geelong Cats (8.00am)
Gold Coast Suns vs Port Adelaide (8.25am)
New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders (4.00am)
Sydney Roosters vs Manly Warrinagh Sea Eagles (6.30am)
Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm (8.35am)
Women: Melbourne City vs Sydney FC (4.30am)
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC (8.30am)
North Melbourne vs St Kilda (2.10am)
Hawthorn vs Brisbane Lions (4.00am)
West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne (7.20am)
ANZ Premiership (Netball League)
Northern Mystics vs Mainland Tactix (3.00am)
Central Pulse vs Southern Steel (5.00am)
Wests Tigers vs Newcastle Knights (5.05am)
Gold Coast Titans vs Parramatta Eels (7.15am)