Unfortunately today’s update was hardly unexpected with lockdown extended for another two weeks and worryingly, some local venues of concern identified.

Don’t forget to take advantage of Councils extended sportsfields lighting, including James Morgan.
Also, if you can, please show your support by buying local – many local retailers have online gift certificates, a great idea for someone who has a birthday in lockdown. Or order local takeaway.
Don’t forget to support our valuable sponsors: Time and Tide Hotel (bottle shop is still open), Hutchinson Builders, G.J. Gardiner Homes, Cunninghams Real Estate, Motus Health & Performance, Chocolate Box Training, Undersee Australia, OOSH Northern Beaches and Ekidna Dee Why School of Early Learning.

In rugby news, fresh from SJRU:
As a result of the current government restrictions and health advice, the rounds of Friday XVs, Frosty 7s and Sunday XVs that were scheduled for the weekend of 16-18 July, 23-25 July and 30 July-1st August have been cancelled.

We have worked up a number of scenarios for re-commencing competitions, with due regard to safety and the prevailing government restrictions and health advice. Included in our considerations is the scope to extend the end dates of our competitions, how the competitions is configured on re-start and how we might best respond to the transitional restrictions that may be in place as we come out of the lockdown.

Please be assured that we want to get junior Rugby back on the field as soon as we can. The necessary work is being undertaken to re-start on the weekend of 6-8 August, however this is of course totally dependent on the status of the lockdown, government restrictions and health advice.

We await further details from the government on the roadmap to exit the lockdown. Once armed with this detail, we will be in a position to provide a much more comprehensive update to our Clubs. This will be done via Zoom, so stay tuned for the next instalment from me, which will include the date and an invite to that webinar.

We will be mostly stuck at home for the coming weeks, so take the opportunity to reach out via phone, Zoom or whichever medium best suits you to other people for support and to give support. There is (thank goodness) Rugby to watch (even if the result didn’t quite go according to plan last night), so if we can’t be watching junior rugby, let’s enjoy the Rugby we can access on TV and streaming platforms.

Please take care, stay safe, keep exercising and looking after each other.
Chris Hegarty-President