Another free weekend for senior sport

Sale was scheduled to host Leongatha in the Gippsland League tomorrow at Sale Oval. Instead, the grandstand will be empty as matches have been abandoned. Photo: David Braithwaite

David Braithwaite

SENIOR sport will be paused for the second consecutive weekend.
Despite restrictions easing in regional Victoria today, only junior outdoor sporting events can be held. Adults can only train for outdoor sports, which will provide plenty of time to prepare as seasons hopefully resume the following weekend.
Outdoor physical recreation activities can resume, with a maximum patron cap of 50 people per venue. Groups can be a maximum of 10 people, with a density quotient of one person per four square
metres applying.
Indoor sport and physical recreation, such as basketball, cannot go ahead.
The Gippsland League has abandoned its seventh and eighth rounds, with teams to receive no points or percentage.
The league has sought feedback from its 10 clubs about their readiness and willingness to so ahead with junior football and netball matches on Saturday.
For matches to be played, all the clubs must have agreed, but only three were in favour.
“There were several factors from the updated restrictions that hinder club’s abilities to play and host match days,” the league stated.
“Key factors for consideration from the feedback included the availability of volunteers and coaches for our western and southern clubs and the patron limits of 50 per venue with five matches to be played on the match day.”
The league will adjust its fixture to use the weekend of July 10, which had been scheduled for a league-wide bye, with an emphasis on ensuring clubs play each other at least once as early as possible.
The Sale and District Junior Football Association, Gippsland Youth Girls League (football) and Latrobe Valley Baseball Association juniors will resume this weekend, while decisions for some weekend competitions were made on Thursday night.
The East Gippsland Football-Netball League had already pushed its season back a week, while the North Gippsland FNL had yet to announce its plans at the time of print, following last weekend’s abandoning of play.
As of Thursday morning, the Latrobe Valley Soccer League had not made a decision on the rescheduling senior matches.
“Until we have further notice from our governing body, Football Victoria, and also had a chance to consult with our clubs we are not in a position to provide further information regarding training and playing,” the LVSL said on Wednesday.
“We will provide this as soon as we have reviewed all current advice and information.
We will make sure we update our clubs when we have all available information.”
At the time of publication, admittance to greyhound racing venues was limited to trainers, handlers and officials, who had to wear masks at all times.
Horse racing will continue to be spectator-free until at least Sunday.
Despite restrictions being eased in regional Victoria, Racing Victoria is taking a cautious approach and allowing more time for consideration and planning, and announced biosecurity protocols will remain in place across Victoria until at least midnight Sunday.
Race meetings will proceed with only competing participants, essential staff and officials permitted to attend.
Face masks are compulsory at all race meetings, training centres and licensed premises at all times. Jockeys can remove their mask when on horseback and when they have exited the mounting yard on raceday.
Racing Victoria will announce over the weekend whether a limited number of regional spectators, with owners being an initial priority, will be able to attend regional race meetings from Monday.
Sale Turf Club is scheduled to host its Life Members’ Raceday on Wednesday.
Australia’s oldest current marathon, the Traralgon Marathon, has been postponed a month.
The 54th event, was to be staged by the Traralgon Harriers Athletics Club on Sunday, with four races catering for runners
of all abilities.
In light of recent COVID-19 restrictions, organisers were forced to postpone with a long-standing contingency plan seeing July 11 identified as the best rescheduling option.
— with Zac Standish and Liam Durkin