Postponed sport list gets longer amid coronavirus

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Hockey is one of several winter sports forced to delay their 2020 season.
Camera IconHockey is one of several winter sports forced to delay their 2020 season. Credit: Laurie Benson

The start of winter sports seasons in Albany has already been affected by the COVID-19 virus as football, soccer, hockey and netball have been forced to delay their 2020 competitions this week.

The Great Southern Football League met on Wednesday night to determine their plan of action after the WA Football Commission made a statement on Tuesday to postpone all senior and junior community football in metro and regional areas.

The postponement will be until May 31 and affects the Great Southern Women’s Football League, which has been halted seven rounds in.

The men’s competition, the Great Southern Football League, was due to start on April 25.

A number of other football leagues and associations in the Great Southern will be affected by the directive from the WAFC, which applies to games and training.

Football Federation Australia announced a ban on Tuesday on all grassroots soccer activities around the country until April 14.

Albany and the Great Southern Soccer Association are set to host two National Premier League fixtures on May 2. The FFA has cancelled all matches, training and programs as a result of COVID-19.

Hockey WA postponed all activities until May 31, affecting the local Lower Great Southern Hockey Association. All games, competitions and training have been cancelled, pushing back the start of the junior and senior seasons.

Albany Netball Association will meet tonight to work through plans after Netball WA recommended all associations delay their winter competitions until May 30.

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