GLORIOUS sunshine greeted the teams in the South Gippsland Junior Football Competition last Sunday.
And didn’t everyone enjoy it; kids, coaches and parents, despite the strict protocols at play.
And in the spirit of junior footy, Phillip Island provided some of the players to make up the numbers on the Tarwin Valley Sharks’ side.
It was a clear win to the Island, but Tarwin scored a goal, and in the end, the scores didn’t matter. Everyone had a good run around on the superb Cowes oval.
But, as it turned out, it was the last community football match of the year.
After the announcement by the Premier, that all community sport would have to be cancelled, AFL Gippsland came out and acknowledged the reality:
“At 2.30pm today, the state government announced as of 11.59pm on Wednesday, August 5, regional Victoria will return to stage 3 ‘stay at home’ restrictions.
“This means community sport, either training or playing, is suspended from Wednesday until further notice.
“Thank you to everyone that has done the right thing and continues to do the right thing. Please stay safe and see you back on the oval soon.”
With the restrictions set to be in place for six weeks, through until at least September 13, its highly unlikely junior football would get started again.
Gippsland League suspended
THE Gippsland League Junior season is suspended from Wednesday until further notice.
According to Wonthaggi Power President Peter Liddle, play is likely to be over for the season.
“We gave it a good crack, but with six weeks off I’d be surprised if the Gippsland League will continue this year,” Liddle said.
“Everyone did a really good job with what we could do, all of the families who watched from their cars and volunteers who made the games possible,” he said.
“Unfortunately, I think that will be it for the year,” Liddle said.
“Great work to the Power U/18s who finished on the top of their ladder,” Liddle said.
The U/16s and 18/s will meet this Tuesday night to discuss their season outlook.