THERE’S no doubt COVID and the subsequent lockdowns are affecting businesses and mental health alike, but it’s also having an impact on local sport.
With a number of associations looking to wrap up their competition, and some clubs looking to start their seasons, the Weekly takes a look at the current situation.
The Sunraysia Baseball Association were due to hold their finals in August, however COVID hit those plans out of the ball park.
Competition was stalled at the qualifying finals stage and Nick Carroll, from the association, said the league was in limbo at the moment.
“We have decided to delay the end of our season into September in the hope that lockdown restrictions will ease in both NSW and Victoria,” Carroll said.
On the basketball court at a domestic level, it was announced in late August the current winter season would be cancelled, with the Mildura Basketball Association hopeful competition will be able to resume for summer, starting mid-October at the new Mildura Sporting Precinct.
In the Big V, it looks like the Lady Heat won’t get the chance to play finals, despite earning the right to do so.
The Big V advised clubs in mid-August they were cancelling their season and would head straight into finals, with the campaign to be played in entirety on one of two weekends − this weekend, September 11 and 12, or next weekend − September 18 and 19.
If games aren’t able to go ahead on either weekend due to ongoing restrictions, the season will be declared, which is looking increasingly likely.
A by-law for Sunraysia Hockey Association means they have been able to change the format of their competition and they will endeavour to get their finals played in a single weekend, and have allowed up until Friday, September 24 to do so.
“Should we be unable to play the finals by that date, first on the ladder will be declared premiers,” association president Andrew Carrigan said.
Given finals are able to go ahead, first and second on the ladder will play for gold/silver medals and third and fourth will play for bronze.
Football Federation Sunraysia general manager Susan Watts said they are also hopeful to finish their season, if possible, although it hadn’t been established yet what time frame would be necessary.
Mildura Coomealla Cycling Club were looking to kick off their season last Sunday, with a team race, but with restrictions the season is now on hold.
Alison Curry, from the club, said when allowed, the season will get underway with races on Sunday mornings covering distances of 30 to 55 kilometers, time trials on Tuesdays and a number of criteriums held.
The first social ride for the season has been scheduled tentatively for Sunday, September 19.
Also waiting to hear more, and remaining hopeful restrictions will ease enough to allow their season to proceed, is Timmis Speedway.
The club had their first event for the season, Wind Back the Clock − a classic and vintage meeting, planned for Saturday, October 2.
While hopeful the event will still go ahead, Mildura Speedway Drivers Club spokesperson Angelo Halacas said the club still planned to run all the scheduled events given they are able to do so with crowds, although it might be crammed into a shorter season.