Great Flinders football and netball returns with COVID Cup

PLAYERS: Footballers Oscar Dingwall and Riley Pugsley and netballers Alinta Dingwall and Elsie Maddern were ready to play in the COVID Cup at Tumby Bay on Saturday.
PLAYERS: Footballers Oscar Dingwall and Riley Pugsley and netballers Alinta Dingwall and Elsie Maddern were ready to play in the COVID Cup at Tumby Bay on Saturday.

Football and netball returned to Great Flinders at the weekend with the start of the four-week long COVID Cup competition.

Great Flinders Football League and Great Flinders Netball Association has organised the four week competition for local juniors.

The football competition has seen four teams created from under 13 players across the area, named after four of the Big Bash teams, Strikers, Scorchers, Thunder and Renegades.

Teams were mixed, giving the players the chance to play and make friendships with other players.

The netball competition involves teams from Lock, Eyre United, United Yeelanna and Cummins Kapinnie playing in D grade, E grade and E reserve matches.

The first week kicked off at Tumby Bay on Saturday with about 80 footballers and about 60 netballers taking part.

Football league junior committee president Andrew Hetzel said the competition was well received from people in attendance.

He said the competition and set up of the four teams gave the junior players the chance to play alongside players they would not normally play with.

"I think everyone was happy to get out and watch a bit of footy and the kids were really excited," he said.

"One thing the kids did like was that the teams were mixed, it gave them a chance to play with different kids.

Netball association president Amii Warner said everyone was "stoked" to see the competition begin and there was a lot of positivity at Tumby Bay on Saturday.

"There was a really good atmosphere and the kids were loving it and there was a really good vibe around the football and netball," she said.

Ms Warner said the plan was always to hold a junior competition and it was great to see it finally begin.

"When we cancelled the season we said all along we would do something for the juniors if it was safe to do, which it is now," she said.

The competition continues this coming Saturday at Lock and will continue at Ungarra on August 15.

The final lot of matches at Kapinnie on August 22 which will see the third and fourth placed teams play each other and first and second face off.

This weekend in Lock there is expected to be a special guest with two time premiership player and two time AFLW best and fairest winner with the Adelaide Crows Erin Phillips expected to attend.

The first football and E reserve netball matches begin at 9.30am.

For football mini minis are at 10.30am and the second match at 11am and for netball E grade is at 10.30am with D grade at 11.30am.

Mini minis are run similar to a Saturday where children arrive and teams are made up on the day, registration is not required.