National Basketball League watching Cyclone Kimi situation in Far North Queensland

NBL clubs on Cyclone Kimi watch with games to be played in Cairns

The National Basketball League is monitoring the situation in Far North Queensland, with a game still scheduled to take place in Cairns tonight.

At this stage the game between the Illawarra's Hawks and the Cairns Taipans is scheduled to start at 7.30pm as planned, but the league confirmed it was continuing to watch the developing situation with Cyclone Kimi.

An update this morning from the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting Cyclone Kimi, which is currently category 1, to hit south of Cairns later today or early tomorrow.

This morning the system was 85 km east of Cairns but moving slowly south.

The Bureau has predicted severe thunderstorms associated with the cyclone are like to hit Cairns.

The Hawks and other NBL clubs such as the Sydney Kings are currently based in Cairns due to the coronavirus travel restrictions in other states.


Hawks co-owner Dorry Kordahi said in a worst case scenario the game may need to postponed, but the club would await guidance from the league.

"After covid now worrying about cyclones is a bit unbelievable," he said.

"If we don't play it just gives our players some time to recover (from Saturday's season opening win over Brisbane). Ideally we want to play though."

The games in Cairns are currently being played in a repurposed Bunnings tagged "the Snagpit" due to the refurbishment works at Cairns' entertainment centre.

Games are currently being played to a covid-restricted audience of 1500.

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