High hopes for footy return

High hopes for footy return

There are high hopes that the Whyalla Football League will only lose two rounds from the 2021 season following the COVID-19 lockdown, with plans to return to play next week.

The WFL season was halted due to lockdown last week, and with restrictions in place allowing sport training but preventing actual competition, play will not resume this weekend.

But President Jack Velthuizen hopes the 2021 program can continue as normal from next week, with each team playing one another three times for the rest of the season.

Mr Velthuizen met with the other clubs to discuss the future of the 2021 season on Tuesday night, with clubs presenting their suggestions on how it should move forward.

South Australia entered into a seven-day lockdown at midnight on Tuesday last week. The stay at home order was lifted earlier this week but density requirements remain in place.

During Tuesday's press conference, Premier Steven Marshall announced that sports training would go ahead but competition was still out of bounds.

"We won't have competition this weekend, but the following weekend, we're just working through some arrangements with sporting associations in South Australia," he said.

"I've got to say I'm very grateful to those sporting associations, they're telling me that they want to get their training back underway tomorrow - that's fantastic.

"Some of them are very disappointed they can't get their competition underway this weekend but they understand, they don't want to be on-again, off-again.

"If we leave it to the following weekend we'll be in a much better position."

Last year the pandemic saw the season significantly shortened, though the final series was able to continue smoothly with limits on the amount of spectators.

Gyms, which closed during the lockdown, will be allowed to open with the rule of one person per 8 square metres.