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11 October, 2021

Junior cricket set to return

The Gilgandra Junior Cricket Association (GJCA) has made plans to resume Junior Cricket, as COVID-19 restrictions start to lift.

By Emily Middleton

Last season’s Gilgandra 14As, with coach Dale Parker. Photo supplied.

“We received advice from Cricket NSW that whilst the community run sports competitions are yet to be permitted under the NSW Health roadmap, training and preseason preparations are permitted in team groups of up to 20.

“With Gilgandra coming out of lockdown, it is a positive step forward for the resumption of organised junior sport,” said incoming President Randall Medd.

“The committee decided to get the kids back training and developing their skills in readiness for the competition to start proper.”

In what’s looking to be an interesting season, the junior cricket committee is excited to build on the success of last year’s inaugural season in the Dubbo and District Junior Cricket Competition.

“Gilgandra Junior Cricket has nominated four teams in the Dubbo competition for the 21/22 season.

“Whilst the commencement of this competition is still undecided and is subject to a decision of the NSW Government however both associations are working towards November 6 start date,” said Mr Medd.

“We are excited to nominate two under 12, an under 14s and 16s teams, in addition to this we are having discussions to progress competitive games for the amazing girls from Sassie Sixers against Dubbo and possibly Narromine, and Wellington.

“Luke Harrison will again coordinate the development of girls cricket in Gilgandra.”

Registrations will be opening soon but the plan will be to commence training in team groups for the two under 12’s, an under 14s and 16s teams on Saturday morning on October 9. Master Blaster and Junior Blast formats will not go ahead at this stage as this is deemed “community sport”, not training.

These formats will commence as soon as it can. Mr Medd has asked that cricket parents and guardians be mindful of the challenges the committee face trying to navigate getting cricket back with COVID-19 restrictions.

“Understandably, community sport is down the priority list for the government and health officials, their focus is getting people back to work and school ahead of sport.

“There are so many variables and issues that we are working through, but our aim is to get cricket back and seeing kids having fun in some form, whilst complying with health orders.”

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