Winter sport codes in planning phase for return

Bega's Jordan Stafford and Wolumla's Matt Grant tussle for the ball during the football grand final, with the FSC competition among those waiting for a restart date.
Bega's Jordan Stafford and Wolumla's Matt Grant tussle for the ball during the football grand final, with the FSC competition among those waiting for a restart date.

While the NRL, AFL and now Supercars have announced return dates, local sporting codes are still waiting for final permission to resume training ahead of shortened seasons.

Rugby League NSW have announced a proposed nine-week season for Group 16 which will start on July 18, while there has been no official announcement on any return for the Sapphire Coast AFL competition.

SCAFL staff remain on stand down, but a spokesman said he was hopeful of a return in some capacity by the start of June.

"We are still uncertain about the exact date of commencement for our game, but we want to provide you with some certainty about the actions and next steps we are taking," a recent statement from the AFL ACT/NSW website reads.

The governing body had said it would release an update last week with a proposed timetable for regional competition to return, but is yet to publish any dates.

While Group 16 has a proposed return date, officials said a lot was "still up in the air" with the board to meet again on June 2.

The Far South Coast Football Association also does not have a date to return to play.

However, FFA Chief Executive James Johnson said the shutdown would stay in place until the end of the month, while the governing body has also prepared guidelines for the safe return of play when allowed.

"We will be providing a further update in due course," Mr Johnson said in a statement.

Some sporting codes have been able to resume, even in part, with positive signs for tennis and netball in the past week.

Sapphire Coast Tennis will resume junior coaching sessions from May 25.

A limited six-week term will be in the offing with social distancing policies still in effect, but officials said it was wonderful to get back on the courts.

Netball NSW have also said clubs can return to training, with strict restrictions to 10 people on the courts at any one time.

Netball Australia CEO CEO Marne Fechner said they were building "robust guidelines to assist community leagues and associations get up and running easily once government restrictions allow them to do so."

Golfing also had a boost last week with the player limit per group raised to four from Friday.

The Sapphire Water Dragons and other dragon boating crews will remain out of the boat for now.

"Dragon Boating has added complexities due to our size, proximity to each other and other risk factors," Nicola Frowen the chair of NSW Dragon Boating said in a statement.

"[Planning and guidelines] will allow dragon boating to resume as soon as possible, but for now, we are still unable to train in the Dragon Boat."

Returns will be shared as they are announced.