Cobram Roar still awaiting green light to resume training

By Cobram Courier

Football Victoria has given the green light for a return to training for clubs across the state — but Cobram Roar is among those still unable to hit the pitch.

The cross-border Albury-Wodonga Football Association was still awaiting an update from Football NSW before allowing training to recommence, but was expecting more direction early this week from the governing body.

In a statement to clubs the AWFA said it had "designed several draws" in order to be prepared for numerous possible timelines post-shutdown, hoping to "work towards a half season with possible finals if dates are available.”

The association has "also been in discussion with council and the summer sports, hopefully to allow us to play into October should we need to.”

FV released stage one of its conditions, saying a limited return to training — at the discretion of each club — could begin this week.

Clubs who lease their training facilities must seek approval from the landlord (e.g. councils) before training commences.

Clubs must train in zones in groups of up to 10 people and must also comply with a range of hygiene protocols such as using personal drink bottles, not heading the ball and no sharing of equipment.

Country football clubs are also looking forward to a return to training, with AFL Victoria setting May 25 as the date of resumption.

The governing body said it would release its return-to-play protocols for community sport this week, with clubs set to follow two main guidelines in their return to training.

Firstly, club training will resume in groups of 10 people — not including the team's coach or the minimum number of support staff — and will be strictly non-contact.

Secondly, two groups of 10 can utilise the same oval, as long as they do not operate too closely together and the ground is split in to two zones.

Bowls Victoria has also ticked off a return to the greens, limited to practice only with a number of conditions in place — including 10 people maximum per green, all mats and jacks to be cleaned before use and no sharing of bowls.

Tennis players are rejoicing as well, with players allowed back on the courts in singles and doubles, with coaching of small groups also permitted.

Golf, rugby and basketball are among the other sports to be given leeway to resume — either in an outdoor training capacity or in a social sense — while fishing, hunting, boating and various other recreational pursuits are also back on the agenda.