NOT discounting predictions for a humid day at 24°C with a slight chance of rain, cricket will resume in the Leongatha and District Cricket Association this Saturday, January 15 despite the impact of COVID-19 in clubland.
According to Secretary of the LDCA, Ken Scrimshaw, two clubs have notified the league that they are unlikely to be able to field teams in their lowest grade because some players are observing COVID protocols, but the season will resume.
“It’s the preference of Cricket Victoria for competitions resume and push on to the end of the season and that’s what we are doing,” Mr Scrimshaw said.
“We’ve decided that those matches that are impacted by the unavailability of players due to the pandemic will be declared draws and the rest of the matches will go on.
“We’ll be making every effort to keep the season going, with all the appropriate COVID-safe settings.
“We’ve said to the clubs, for example, that they can continue training but without Thursday night dinners. You don’t want a club sitting down with all the players and later finding out someone was COVID-positive and the whole club goes down with it.
“It’s pretty widespread now, so we are going to be working through these issues for a while, but the clubs are very aware of the situation as well.”
How many players are involved, either COVID-positive or close contacts?
“It’s changing daily so it’s hard to say. We’re leaving that up to the clubs,” he said.
Mr Scrimshaw said the draw for January 15 matches would be as per the published round and those matches that were being abandoned and declared a draw would be an issue between the clubs and the association ahead of each weekend.
“We’ll work that out as we go.”
Junior cricket also made an effort at returning last weekend but due to the weather and condition of grounds, matches had to be called off.
“We’ve said to the clubs that we’ll be trying to play the matches we lost, and it will be up to the clubs to organise return dates and venues,” Mr Scrimshaw said.
It’s not ideal but as they say in sport, it is what it is, and clubs are getting on with it.
This Saturday’s round of matches:
A Grade Division 1 Saturday, January 15
- Imperials v Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak at Leongatha Secondary College (East Campus Oval)
- Koonwarra L/RSL v Leongatha Town at Leongatha Recreation Reserve (Oval #1 Turf)
- Phillip Island v Nerrena at Cowes Recreation Reserve
- Inverloch v Wonthaggi Club at Thompson Reserve
A Grade Division 2 Saturday, January 15
- Glen Alvie v Meeniyan Dumbalk United at Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve (Oval 2 West)
- Korumburra v Nyora at Korumburra Recreation Reserve
- Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak v Foster at Outtrim Recreation Oval
- Wonthaggi Club v Kilcunda Bass at Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve (Oval 2 West)
B Grade Division 1 Saturday, January 15
- Koonwarra L/RSL v Phillip Island at Koonwarra Recreation Reserve
- Nerrena v Inverloch at Nerrena Recreation Reserve
- Meeniyan Dumbalk United v Korumburra at Meeniyan Recreation Reserve
- Leongatha Town v Imperials at Scorpion Park 1
B Grade Division 2 Saturday, January 15
- Phillip Island v Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak at Reece Plumbing Park (Rhyll)
- Foster v Kilcunda Bass at Foster Golf Club
- Wonthaggi Club v Poowong Loch at McMahon Reserve
- Nyora v Glen Alvie at Nyora Recreation Reserve
C Grade Division 1 Saturday, January 15
- Meeniyan Dumbalk United v Wonthaggi Club at Dumbalk Recreation Reserve
- Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak v Nerrena at Digger Park
- Inverloch v Koonwarra L/RSL at Inverloch Recreation Reserve
- Korumburra BYE
C Grade Division 2 Saturday, January 15
- Glen Alvie v Kilcunda Bass at Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve (Oval 1 East)
- Leongatha Town v Koonwarra L/RSL Blue at Scorpion Park 2 (Gump)
- Koonwarra L/RSL Gold v Phillip Island Yellow at Leongatha Recreation Reserve (Oval #2 Velodrome)
- Phillip Island Blue BYE