West Coast Fever recruit Chelsea Pitman will suit up for the COVID-ravished Giants for their clash with her former side Adelaide Thunderbirds on Sunday.
Pitman, a former Thunderbirds captain, was set to fly with Fever to Melbourne on Saturday ahead of their clash with Collingwood at John Cain Arena.
The English midcourter will instead head to Adelaide and represent the Giants as a temporary replacement player after six of their players were ruled out with COVID-19 and calls for the game to be postponed were controversially rejected by Super Netball.
Jamie-Lee Price, Sophie Dwyer, Amy Parmenter as well as training partners Jemma Donoghue, Eliza Burton and Nat Sligar will all miss after testing positive.
The league’s COVID-19 contingency framework allows clubs to select a nominated athlete or training partner from another team under specific circumstances.
West Coast Fever netball boss Sue Gaudion said Fever had given Pitman their support to represent the Thunderbirds.
“We know it’s going to be another challenging year for all clubs and we are committed to doing whatever we can to help the season continue,” she said.
“It’s also a great chance for Chelsea to get some SSN court time and of course, we look forward to seeing her back in green at Fever for the remainder of the season.”
Pitman was a shock signing for Fever after WA shooter Donnell Wallam rejected a training partner contract and instead went on to sign with Queensland Firebirds for pregnant shooter Romelda Aiken-George.
Fever training partners Zoe Cransberg and Sloan Burton have travelled to Melbourne with the 10 primary listed players as emergencies in case of a COVID outbreak or injury.
Captain Courtney Bruce said there was no anxiety around travelling with the virus.
“I always say that I flew to the UK and back and didn’t get COVID, so I feel safe in the processes the club has in place to keep us safe,” she said.
“I’m excited to head out on the road. It feels like a long time since we’ve had to do fly-in, fly-out games.
“It will be Dan (Ryan) and Rudi’s (Ellis) first time doing these long flights, so it should be exciting this trip away.”
West Coast heads into the clash unchanged from the side that belted Sunshine Coast Lightning by 19 goals last weekend at RAC Arena.
Collingwood has welcomed back Australian midcourter Ash Brazill who missed round one with a concussion.