Covid interrupts representative netball

After competing at Cowra on Sunday, Gundagai rep netballers, who play for Tumut Netball Association, were meant to be sending their representative netball teams to Young on Sunday, but organisers made the tough decision to sit the carnival out. 

In fact, all training was cancelled last week, with a Covid-19 outbreak causing chaos for players and coaches. 

“Covid has stopped us,” said Tumut Netball Association Secretary Helen Stuenkel. 

“It’s rampant in all the schools and that is where it is coming from and some of our players and coaches have got it, and well, it’s just really unlucky.”

Local rep netballers are set to head back to training this week, but with the Young carnival off the table, rep netballers won’t see any action until playing at the South Canberra carnival on May 1 and Wagga carnival on May 22. 

“We will get back to training, then it’s the school holidays and we have nothing until Canberra and Wagga,” Stuenkel said. 

In more netball news, Gundagai Netball Association are gearing up for the 2022 winter season, with the Tumut Netball Association season tipping off on April 30. 

Team nominations are available at Toy World, and readers can also download them from the ‘Tumut Netball Association’ Facebook page.

After a disappointing turn out in 2021, and on the back of the success of the Tumut and Gundagai twilight netball competitions, Stuenkel is hopeful numbers will bounce back. 

“The amount of people that have come to twilight netball is good and we just hope they come out in their numbers for the winter competition,” Stuenkel said.

“Now is the time to get teams together.”

Nominations will be accepted on Wednesday April 6 between 6pm-8pm at the Tumut Netball Courts or they can be emailed to [email protected].

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