THE second game of the NBL pre-season series between Cairns and Melbourne was forced to be cancelled due to health protocols.
The fixture, set for Saturday evening at the Cairns Pop-Up Arena, was going to be a closed door game, with fans not in the building if it was to be played.
Instead it was eventually called off on Saturday afternoon before tip-off that night.
Anyone who has been in Victoria since December 21 - including visitors or returning Queenslanders – were directed by chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young to get tested "immediately" and isolate on Saturday.
United arrived in FNQ on December 28, beat Cairns on New Year's Eve, were set to play their second game on Saturday and then eventually leave on Wednesday.
An NBL official confirmed the game could not go ahead as United players had to undergo testing.
The United team was among dozens of people who waited for more than an hour for a COVID test in Cairns on Sunday morning, before being told to return to their hotel where they would undergo the test.
United blew out Cairns in the first of the two fixtures.
Cairns is scheduled to host two more pre-season games before the season proper tips off, against Adelaide in the coming days.