Another lockdown, another week without sport
Sporting clubs and leagues in Benalla were again plunged into chaos at the weekend as Victoria entered a short, sharp ‘‘circuit breaker’’ to stymie rising positive coronavirus case numbers.
Matches and events were called off or postponed in droves, while competition golf was not even able to go ahead.
Benalla Bushrangers were forced to abandon their round 16 senior matches, while junior games were also cancelled.
It was many teams’ third week on the sidelines because of recent rain — though there is still another fortnight of home-andaway games left to play.
Benalla Breakers’ do-or-die clash against Shepparton Gators on Sunday was called off, though the league has a built-in bye this weekend before finals, making it possible to reschedule games.
The Breakers’ junior teams also missed out on court time, with JCBL, VJBL and domestic basketball games cancelled until Thursday.
Benalla Bowls Club members fought it out in midweek pennant matches early last week, but were not immune to the events of the weekend, with Saturday pennant cancelled and the club's Men's 21 Up Championships unable to go ahead on Sunday.
Benalla District Tennis Association fixtures also bore the brunt of cancellation, while the Murray Bushrangers girls team’s trip to Bendigo to face Geelong was aborted.
Football and netball trainings at various clubs this week have been cancelled until Thursday, while midweek competitions, such as squash, badminton, and table tennis have also been called off until restrictions ease.