Perth Lynx are pushing for the postponed semi final against Canberra to be moved back to WA so they maintain a home court advantage in what will now be a two-game series.
Game two of the best-of-three series in Tuggeranong on Sunday was cancelled just hours before tip-off when a COVID outbreak sent the Capitals into isolation.
The WNBL is planning for the re-scheduled match to be in Canberra on April 6 or 7, with the total scores across both matches to determine who plays Melbourne in the grand final. The Lynx won the opening game in Perth by 14 points.
But the Lynx had numerous discussions with the WNBL on Monday, while captain Darcee Garbin met with Canberra representatives and the Players Association.
She said Perth should have home court advantage.
“If there is going to be a deciding game, it should be in Perth,” Garbin said.
“I hope the league does the right thing and recognises that as the higher placed team, we should be playing any decider here.”
The Lynx finished in second spot despite playing only four of their 16 games at home throughout the regular season.
The three-game grand final series will run from April 9-14 and can’t be extended, given WNBA players are required to be in America on April 17.
Former Lynx coach Andy Stewart believes the tight schedule means the semi final should be played on April 5 to reduce the risks of injury.
“We need to look after the athlete. The athlete has to come first in all of these situations,” Stewart said.
“If you don’t look after the athlete, then you’ve got nothing. And if we don’t look after the WNBA athletes, then what does that say? If one of them gets injured because of stress or a lack of recovery, that will hurt the league in the long run.”
Starting the grand final on April 9 in Victoria is also set to pose accommodation problems, given the Formula 1 Grand Prix is being raced in Melbourne that weekend.
Melbourne General Manager Jake Keogh said his team is disappointed by the change and said the delay of two weeks between games for his team was a setback for their preparations.
“We’d rather be playing as per the original fixture,” Keogh said.
“That would give us Saturday, Wednesday and Saturday. We’ll get around that now, but the preference would have been to play the games as they were scheduled.”