PRESIDENT Sherry Ann Blackburn says that plans are in place for a 2020 San Fernando Netball League competition, despite setbacks cause by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The SNL president said that it is important to give some activity to its member teams, which are usually made up of schoolgirls, most of whom have been confined at home for months.
“We will have some measure of activity because we know the children have been home and they definitely need to come out. They are looking forward to that,” Blackburn said.
“We have our AGM happening first in about two weeks’ time, and then we plan to have an under-14 and under-16 tournament in August, followed by the league competition.”
Blackburn added that while the authorities prepare its main venue, the Pleasantville Indoor Arena venue for use, the SNL will set adjusted rules for its competition, taking account of Covid-19 protocols.
“What we will do is provide the guidelines as to how teams are to proceed, such as no spectators and all the other protocols, and when teams should come to the venue and so,” Blackburn said.
All Sectors to resume in August
The Courts All Sectors Netball League (ASNL) will be the first back on the court when competition resumes on August 3 at the Centre of Excellence (COE), Macoya.
The All Sectors competition stopped in March on the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic which has resulted in 12 million infected infections and a half-a-million deaths worldwide to date. There have been eight deaths recorded in Trinidad and Tobago.
With its traditional Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena venue unavailable due to its proximity to the National Racquet Centre , a national quarantine facility, All Sectors action shifts to the COE.
Utilising all social distancing protocols, All Sectors will resume with the Retro Division, followed by Championship Division and Premiership Division action.
Tobago Netball League awaiting approval
Public Relations Officer Kayla Keith say that Covid-19 uncertainty has the Tobago Netball League on pause. But given Government approval, they may hold a 2020 competition.
TNL is another catering competition for school-age netballers and with it still not being safe for children to go to school, they are being ultra cautious.
“We were in a meeting with the Division (Tobago Division of Sport) and everything for us is on pause except for training programmes that do not involve contact like training seminars,” Keith said.
“We hoping that the Government gives us some further updates within the next month-and-a-half to two months and then we will determine if the competition will run.
“But everything is geared for a competition to run,” Keith added. ”We want to run a competition. But for us, everything is on pause because of Covid-19. Remember we are a full-contact sport.”
2020 POSNL competition off
“The president (Debbie-Ann Francois) may have something like a one-day, tournament, but at the moment we will have no (League) competition,” stated Port of Spain Netball League first vice-president Althea McCollin.
“We are still awaiting the (Jean Pierre) Complex to give the green light for us to use. So at the moment no (2020 competition) McColin said.