Collingwood goal shooter Shimona Nelson will sit out the first round of the 2020 Super Netball competition.
Collingwood opens its campaign against the Melbourne Vixens at Nissan Arena in Brisbane tonight.
Nelson self-reported a potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus prior to the team’s departure to Queensland. The contact was deemed low risk.
Despite returning a negative COVID-19 test, Nelson was required to self-isolate for five days before leaving Victoria for Brisbane. Collingwood, with the advice from the Queensland Government and health department, agreed the precaution was necessary to ensure the safety of players, staff and the Queensland public.
The 21-year-old arrived in Brisbane on Thursday July 23 and is seeing out a 14-day quarantine period. Nelson will re-join the group on Thursday August 6, in time for Collingwood’s round two match against the Sunshine Coast Lightning.
Collingwood’s GM of Women’s Sport, Jane Woodlands-Thompson, supports the decision.
“The Queensland Government and health authorities have granted exemptions in order for the Super Netball competition to return for 2020. These exemptions were made with regulations in place to protect and ensure the safety of players, staff and the greater Queensland public,” Woodlands-Thompson said.
“It’s unfortunate Shimona will miss round one, however we understand the extra precaution needed to be taken in this instance.
“We knew this season would present its challenges. Our priority right now is to ensure Shimona and the group are supported during this time.”
Collingwood will play its round two match against the Lightning on Sunday, August 9.