Netballers allowed back on the court

Annabelle Sturgess in action for the Tumut Netball Association in 2019.

Tumut netballers will be rejoicing after hearing the news on Friday that they are able to return to the courts for training. 

Tumut Netball Association, under the guidance of Netball NSW, will be working within the NSW Government’s changes to social gathering laws, which allow up to 10 people to train, assuming they practice good hygiene and social distancing.

Association secretary Helen Stuenkel said it was good news and certainly a step towards playing from July 18 onwards.

“Its good to see the girls allowed out and training and getting some fresh air and being able to socialise,” Stuenkel said.

“It will be good to see the girls out on the court but as long as they follow the guidelines set out by Netball NSW.”

According to the guidelines, no more than 10 people, including coaches and parents can be on the courts at any one time, and 1.5m social distancing still applies.

Additionally, hands should be washed and the ball must be sanitized before and after training.

“It is important players and parents follow these rules, we need to trust that these things are being done,” Stuenkel said.

With the news that training has been allowed, Tumut Netball Association is calling for team nominations in the hope they can prepare for a fun, non-competitive season.

“If we can start on the July 18, we will have 10 rounds of social netball,” Stuenkel said. 

“It will be a fun thing, no uniform, umpire your own game, no trophies and we will hope to have a barbeque at the end of the season.

“We have put it out there and if teams want to play, they can go down to Toyworld and pick up a team nomination form, but it needs to be in to us by June 17 so we can get a draw sorted.”

Stuenkel explained there could be changes to the way Saturday netball is played, especially if there is a restriction on crowds being no more than 100.

“In the morning, we normally have the net-set goers, and if there is restrictions, we might have to split them up,” Stuenkel said.

“We really won’t know how it will work until we get there I guess but I’m sure we will be fine.”

Stuenkel has asked that players don’t register online just yet, as the season fees will be less than usual, due to the shortened season.

“We don’t want players registered online yet, we hope that there will be a reduction in registration costs but we can’t confirm as yet,” Stuenkel said.

“We will put up an announcement once we know what the registration fees will be.”

Finally, there is still a hold on Tumut Netball Association representative training, due to the large number of teams and players involved.

“With the rep teams, they can’t do anything because they are teams of 10, plus a coach and that’s 11 people,” Stuenkel said.

“For the rep teams to return to training, we need to get to Stage 2.”

The Tumut Netball Association will have more news in the coming weeks and parents, players and caregivers are encouraged to visit the Tumut Netball Association Facebook page to keep up to date.