Douglas Netball calls time on season

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The Douglas Netball Association (DNA) has called time of the 2020 season but vows to be back bigger and better next year.

DNA were well into their pre-season and only weeks away from starting official games when COVID-19 struck with restrictions bringing netball to an immediate halt.

Club President Sharon Beechey said while restrictions have eased somewhat the new strict COVID Safe guidelines that sporting clubs must abide by will prove too big an obstacle for the small club to overcome this year.

“We would love to get out and play netball this year, but our number one concern is the safety of our players and club members,” she said.

“In consideration of the small size of our association, the few volunteers we have would not be able to safely implement and sustain the large number of new rules effectively.

“On top of that, the region’s high reliance on the tourist industry and the subsequent significant local unemployment rate meant many people were finding it difficult to afford to return.

“So, there will be no formal season this year.”

However, DNA will look into the possibility of holding a short fast five mixed competition later in the year so that local netballers can have some fun and keep their skills fresh for next year.

Ms Beechey said the association will refund all fees paid by players to date over the coming weeks.

“We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience and we hope to see you all for a big 2021 season,” she said.


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