By Sam Watson

Keyon Taylor-Wilton won this centre clearance, launching the ball forward for the Giants in the under 12s. Wa12_2321

Cobie Milner got boot to ball before being chased down by Archie Jobe in the under 12s. Wa07_2321

THE Southern Gippsland Junior Football Competition returned to action on Sunday under strict COVID-safe protocols.

There was no congregation of parents and siblings in any grandstand, everyone, except players or officials, were confined to the comfort of their own vehicles.

Not many claps could be heard when a goal was kicked, but the car horns certainly got a good working oåçut.

The usual high-pitched excitement coming from the changerooms wasn’t there either, as all players had to arrive at the ground just before their game, kitted up and ready to go.

“Come ready to play, get in and get out,” were the words used by the league and AFL Gippsland.

The officials who couldn’t socially distance were all wearing masks and the volunteers on the gate had to make sure every parent, official or spectator checked in via a QR Code.

But none of the off-field requirements bothered the young footballers.

They were more ready than ever to get back into it, and as soon as they crossed that white line, it was like nothing ever happened.

Let’s hope it’s not too long until the senior grades are back doing the same thing.

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