Moree Suns AFL Club keen for 2020 paddock return – new players welcome
WITH senior sport across New South Wales given the go-ahead to resume play from July 1, Moree and District Service Suns AFL Club is planning a return to the paddock with the recent announcement from AFL North-West that the 2020 season will go ahead.
“Given that all other football codes except soccer have cancelled their seasons, we are hoping to give people an opportunity to continue to play sport if they want to,” Suns spokesperson Annette Hadley said.
“It’s more a matter of getting the word out there to let them know that this is something that’s available to them,” she said.
The Moree Suns are seeking to field teams for the 2020 season as COVID-19 restrictions across New South Wales are lifted – with strict rules in place.
“Training has resumed and numbers steadily increased as confirmation of a season was being finalised by the governing body,” Ms Hadley said.
“We acknowledge there are challenges, but we have gone through the accreditations required to ensure player safety is met.”
With Group 19 and Group 4 rugby league seasons, and well as the central north rugby union season, cancelled this year, the Moree Suns are offering players from all codes an opportunity to keep themselves occupied – and fit – during the 2020 sporting season.
“We only know too well the importance that sports carries for the town and district,” Ms Hadley said.
“We’re not expecting a long-term commitment; we just want to let sport-lovers know there’s still options for them out there in 2020, and that it’s a great way to get back into some sort of activity and the community after the shutdowns that have occurred.”
Ms Hadley said getting back on the paddock was also a great way to continue supporting the local businesses that sponsor and support all codes.
“These businesses have done it extremely tough in recent months, yet they are still involved with sporting clubs in the region and these clubs would love to give back to the community that has supported them during these difficult times,” Ms Hadley said.
Training is available to those who’d like to get back in to some sort of activity.
“It is free and open to everyone,” Ms Hadley said.
“Even if new to sport, any training that is needed can be provided as sessions as we still have about a month before the season starts.
“We’re hoping to see some old faces and welcome some new ones after the break,” she smiled.