The announcements by the State Government today around the further relaxation of restrictions imposed to combat Covid-19 is another positive step towards the Perth Football League’s targeted ambition of a nine-game season.
While the government has lifted the maximum number of participants who can train together from 10 to 20 people, it still does not allow for those groups to assemble at our cub.
Those groups can train independently at other parks and reserves, but training sessions cannot be organised at Charles Riley Reserve. While we have all done our part to flatten the curve, social distancing requirements remain which means there is to be no contact at those gatherings of 20.
The announcements today are merely supporting the original plan and is indicative of the great work of all West Australians in minimising the spread of the virus.
When community football was suspended a few weeks out from the scheduled start to the season, the return-to-train date was set at May 31, with football scheduled to re-start on June 15. That may be a little ambitious, but this a progressive step.
We are seeking further clarity from the Perth Football League around what shape the season might take, the logistics around playing and what restrictions look like in terms of bar service, restricting the number of patrons to games etc. The PFL management and board are looking for similar clarity.
As a club we will also need to continue to examine the financial implications of what that means, how many teams we can nominate and also get some insights from the PFL around their ideals of this truncated season.
The good news is that we look more likely to see our club in action that at any other time since this pandemic hit the world.
Stay tuned, as soon as there is further news we will keep you posted. In the meantime, continue to be vigilant, disciplined and stay healthy and safe.
- Gary Stocks (President)