Singleton Netball Association prepares to resurrect its 2020 season

RARING TO GO: Singleton Netball Association's under-13 representative squad wasted no time to start training at Rose Point Park this week.
RARING TO GO: Singleton Netball Association's under-13 representative squad wasted no time to start training at Rose Point Park this week.

ROSE Point Park will be a hive of activity again when the Singleton Netball Association (SNA) resurrects its 2020 season next month.

The state governing body, Netball NSW, recently gave organisations a clearance to resume matches from Saturday, July 18.

It includes local centres at Singleton, Muswellbrook and Scone.

"We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of hard-working volunteer coaches, team managers and administrators across the state, who have kept the game alive in the greatest challenge it has known," CEO Carolyn Campbell said.

"While the news is a very welcome development, it is important to note that the road to recovery will be long and arduous.

"Community sport faces many challenges at this time as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

"But, it also provides a safe outlet, which promotes health, well-being, teamwork and responsibility."

SNA will conduct a modified competition from July 18 until September 19, according to president Kerri Koosmen.

"The current draw is being adjusted to reflect the changes to dates and rounds," she said.

"However, we're looking at nine weeks, instead of 15.

"That's all divisions from NetSetGo to A grade.

"We're inviting sides, who play in winter, to contest the twilight comp as well - without paying a nomination fee.

"We'll have to abide by a lot of restrictions set out due to COVID-19 too, although we're expecting them to ease from July 1.

"At the moment, a squad of 20 can train, with a coach, and not break the rules.

"But, teams still need to maintain social distancing."

Some of the COVID-19 conditions include:

  • * Toilets will be closed for public use;
  • * The meeting room is also not to be used by anyone except committee;
  • * The canteen will be permitted a maximum of four volunteers at a time. Distance guidelines will also be in place at the canteen and office windows; and
  • * Spectators won't be permitted to gather on sidelines at this stage.

"We're keen to return to the courts; and I'm sure everything will be fine once we're back in action," Koosmen said.

"The association boasts a strong committee this year, with a number of new faces, including Joan Geyer (rep convenor), Krista Dunn (umpiring convenor) and Carley Vaughan (publicity officer).

"It's a good mix of young and old.

"They've done well to get the competition back on track.

"Unfortunately, we won't have a March Past in 2020 - that's the first time we've never had one since 1958.

"But, on the plus side, the rep season will go ahead as planned.

"The juniors are heading to the HART State Titles on the October long weekend, with the seniors taking part in their tournament on October 17 and 18."