Lower Eyre sport leagues reexamine fixtures due to lockdown

POSTPONED: Lock players Georgia Kay and Lauren Millard, and Tumby Bay's Taryn Beinke in action in Great Flinders D grade netball at the weekend. This weekend's matches will be postponed until August 28. Photo: Meryl Weetra
POSTPONED: Lock players Georgia Kay and Lauren Millard, and Tumby Bay's Taryn Beinke in action in Great Flinders D grade netball at the weekend. This weekend's matches will be postponed until August 28. Photo: Meryl Weetra

Local sporting associations are weighing up their options as South Australia's week-long lockdown has forced the cancellation of this weekend's sport matches.

Restrictions announced earlier this week meant teams could not participate in training during the week however the seven-day lockdown has meant no sport will be played this weekend, prompting local associations to look at options for their remaining 2021 fixtures.

Great Flinders football and netball made a joint announcement on Tuesday evening that this weekend's matches will be moved to the end of the regular season on August 28, with finals now to start on September 4.

Great Flinders Netball Association president Amii Warner said this was decided to be the least disruptive option for the clubs and allowed further flexibility if the lockdown continues, such as both semi finals being played on the same weekend.

"If clubs had social functions planned...or they had plans for the bye at least most of the weeks stayed the same," she said.

Port Lincoln Football League has not made a decision on any changes to its fixture, however it has begun discussions and would inform clubs on the latest developments.

Port Lincoln Hockey Association president Matt Waller said the association was following directives from Hockey SA, while this weekend's round of matches would likely be skipped.

The association will meet with Hockey SA and Hockey Victoria Wednesday evening to hear advice and discuss options on moving their season forward for 2021.

Port Lincoln Soccer Association president Richard Hennell said the season programme would be amended but it would be dependent on restrictions from SA Health and the state government.

He said there were two more rounds of three matches each left and what shape the remainder of the season would take was not clear yet.

"We hope the break is short lived and we get back to having good community sport," he said.