The Northern Territory news Thu 16 Jul 2020
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THURSDAY JULY 16 2020 SPORT 31 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA A-League forced to revise again JOE BARTON WITH the looming threat of a Queensland back-up plan hanging over its heads, the ALeague announced its second revised schedule in a fortnight pushing back the grand final by a week and adding a pair of double-headers. Nervous A-League clubs are embracing a wait-andsee approach with the increasingly concerning NSW COVID-19 spike, which recorded another 13 positive tests yesterday, and are firmly aware of the set in stone Plan B that would have the entire competition relocate to Queensland on short notice. For now, however, the ALeague is comfortable locking in all but one of the remaining fixtures for the season in NSW with Adelaide Uniteds away fixture to Brisbane Roar at Cbus Stadium on Sunday the one exception. Both teams will fly to Sydney after their clash, joining the A-Leagues NSW hub, where 26 of the remaining regularseason fixtures will be played. Theres a Plan B now thats set in stone, thats in Queensland. Were happy to go to NSW ... for the moment, Adelaides Director of Football Bruce Djite said. To have a back-up in Queensland is comforting. Having originally planned for a football feast of 27 games in 28 days, the recent COVID-19 spike in Victoria and subsequent debacle that left the three Melbourne teams stranded less than a week out from the planned restart date forced another reshuffle yesterday. The new fixture list will now have the remaining regularseason matches starting with tomorrows Sydney FC clash with Wellington Phoenix at Jubilee Stadium spread out over 34 days, pushing back the finals series. EVERY Supercars team will be quarantined in Queensland from Monday, with the sport set to issue an unprecedented relocation order in a seasonsaving bid. Team owners were yesterday informed that all Victorian and NSW-based teams would be relocated to south-east Queensland following this weeks round at Sydney Motorsport Park as new travel Hunt poised to start for Waratahs JULIAN LINDEN KARMICHAEL Hunt is set to be rewarded with a place in the Waratahs starting line-up for Saturdays Super Rugby showdown with the Brumbies, while the Reds are considering a promotion for the in-form Chris Feauai-Sautia against the Western Force tomorrow. Hunt had a huge impact when he came off the bench in last weekends 23-14 win over the Force in his first game back from injury so the dual international is in the frame for a starting jersey. His experience proved decisive as the Waratahs piled on 23 unanswered points but his return at inside centre would force coach Rob Penney to reshuffle his backline. Joey Walton, who has impressed in his first two matches at 12, would likely be shifted to outside centre with Alex Newsome moving to the wing and teenager Mark Nawaqanitawase possibly benched. Karmichael Hunt is set to be rewarded with a place in the Waratahs starting line-up for their Super Rugby AU clash against the Brumbies on Saturday. Picture: MARK METCALFE/GETTY IMAGES Supercars quarantine Teams relocated to Queensland as other states fall to coronavirus JAMES PHELPS restrictions threaten to stop the sport. Set to race in Darwin on August 8, a fresh Northern Territory travel ban on NSW and Victoria has prompted the season-saving rethink that will force seven V8 teams to relocate to Queensland. It is understood teams may be required to share facilities in what would be a first for the sport. Gold Coast-based powerhouse DJR-Team Penske may open their facility to fellow Ford teams including Tickford Racing and Kelly Racing. The Holden hub could become the Brisbane factory belonging to the all-conquering Red Bull Holden Racing Team. Having already been relocated to Sydney ahead of the Victorian border shutdown last week, Holden driver Mark Winterbottom said the teams and drivers were willing to make further sacrifices. Nothing seems too strange at the moment given the way the world is, Winterbottom said. I only had two hours to pack my bag and get out for Victoria before the border was closed. It was hard telling the family that I would not be seeing them again for a while. And we dont know how long that will be. It could be two months, maybe more. Not being able to go home is a very surreal feeling but we are here to keep the sport going and we will do whatever it takes to keep it going. We will keep the sport alive. Staying in a western Sydney hotel ahead of the Sydney round, beginning on Saturday, Winterbottom is already missing his wife and three young children. 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