The easing of stay at home orders have released the restraints on selected sports and activities as of Monday the 13th.
Tennis will recommence group classes, Bowls is able to go ahead again, and the dance enthusiast can return to physical classes.
Sport isn’t the only thing firing up with the Gyms also gaining freedom after a long wait for their members. However not all clubs and sports came out of lockdown unscathed with junior league joining netball, AFL and union in ending the season. Group 10 declared the Junior Rugby League season finalised and made the final call to not award a Premiership for 2021 while Minor Premierships will be acknowledged at the AGM with a presentation to clubs. The decision was made citing that community contact sports cannot go ahead until the state reaches 80% full vaccination rates.
Although NSW is currently sitting at 77% of people who have received the first dose, time isn’t on the side of winter sports. With cricket knocking at the door and players living in areas that are still locked down, it isn’t feasible for junior league to continue this season for Cowra.
While the junior competition has ended, senior league is still continuing to hold out hope for a chance to play out their season, but with no update from Group 10 regarding the senior competition it is still an anxious waiting game.
While many junior players have been left disappointed, they can relish in knowing that they achieved almost close to a full season on the field, something that has constantly been an uncertainty once the cases began to seep into regional areas.
While the lockdowns have been hard on sporting clubs throughout winter, the time has been a blessing in disguise with many committees across all sports putting their heads together to ensure a bigger and better 2022 for their clubs.
By Jamie-Lee Farley, Cowra Junior Ruby League Club
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