Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Clarity being sought on stadium sports
The Deniliquin Sports and Entertainment Stadium is in limbo as the ‘‘ambiguous’’ rules around community sports continue to restrict the club’s operations.
Junior and men’s basketball, the mixed and ladies netball competitions, and badminton have all been put on pause until the NSW Government outlines parameters for community sport to return.
The stadium is likely to make a decision on Wednesday about which sports can continue.
Stadium manager John Arthur understands training is allowed, however multiple teams are not allowed to compete or train together under the current rules.
‘‘As far as I understand, anything that requires two teams playing against each other can’t happen,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m confident they can train because the (NSW Government) employee said we can train, but I want it to be easy and clear cut.’’
Arthur hoped sport could return to the stadium as soon as lockdown was lifted on Saturday, however he understands the need for caution with positive COVID cases as close as Shepparton.
The stadium is seeking more clarity on the rules this week, and hopes to have a a pathway to get sports restarted — be that training or competitions.
‘‘It’s my goal to have the stadium open for practise groups if we can’t play games,’’ he said.
‘‘But I want to be 100 per cent certain that we can do that.’’