Association exploring options

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Magpies' Grace Hardiman takes possession ahead of Royals' Maddison Dallimore last year.
Camera IconMagpies' Grace Hardiman takes possession ahead of Royals' Maddison Dallimore last year. Credit: Laurie Benson

The Albany Netball Association has two potential options in place if its 2020 season can be played later this year.

The ANA has been advised by Netball WA to delay the start of their regular winter competition until May 30, falling in line with a host of other sports around the country due to the rising COVID-19 crisis.

The association is consulting with clubs to gauge the feeling within the local netball community in regards to what they want to do, when and if they are able to return this year.

ANA president Trish Hines said she was working with clubs and Netball WA.

“We have proposed a couple of options, but these options depend on when government restrictions are lifted and the availability of a facility to play in,” she said.

“The health and wellbeing of our athletes, coaches, umpires, officials, volunteers and supporters is paramount.

Railways' goal shooter Cassandra Cheetham gets attended to by team mates last season.
Camera IconRailways' goal shooter Cassandra Cheetham gets attended to by team mates last season. Credit: Laurie Benson

“The potential impact on our people is at the forefront of any decision made or advice provided.

“I have been in regular contact with Netball WA, association presidents, the executive committee of the Albany Netball Association and clubs to discuss the ramifications of COVID-19 and what it means for the ANA’s 2020 season.”

“The COVID-19 outbreak has presented several challenges for the Albany Netball Association.”

Hines said one option was to start their season on June 13 if restrictions are lifted, play 10 rounds plus finals with six teams per grade playing each other twice.

Another possibility was to start on July 18 with eight teams per grade play each other once with seven rounds plus finals.

These two options are being explored only if they are able to return to the courts and if either of these options are able to go ahead, finals will remain on the same dates as set before the COVID-19 crisis.

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