Community sport is in a prepare to play phase. Photo: Barry Whitnall/ Shuttersport (File)

Sport set to return

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As the country flattens the corona curve sport is slowly looking to get back in action.

Codes have now entered the ‘prepare to play’ phase in the return to the game with some competitions to resume as soon as this weekend.

Football

Football will be the first code in the region to get back on the pitch as Nelson Suburbs will resume MPL action this Sunday at Saxton Field.

Nelson Bays Football administrator Nicole Cooley says club football is set to get underway on June 13 with the season running until September 26 having worked with the council and cricket to enable this extension.

“We, and the clubs are under immense financial pressure because of COVID and also heavily increased workloads to put in place, but it is fantastic that we are able to get back out on the grass in some form.”

Contact tracing must be in place for everyone involved in, or attending, any training session.

 

Netball

Nelson Netball’s premier season will start in June 20 with college and club also getting underway.

Nelson Netball Centre manager Jared Locke says Years five to eight will start Saturday June 27 and years one to four starting week 1 of Term 3.

“Generally, across the board we are playing two rounds and semis and finals with a few structure changes.”

He says the season is focused on community and ensuring everyone participants with no barriers.

“All team fees have been reduced by 50per cent and more community-based initiatives will follow throughout the season.”

 

Rugby

Rugby is set to resume this month with club games including the Tasman Trophy and the UC Championship to get back underway on June 27.

Tasman Rugby marketing manager Les Edwards says junior rugby will be starting later, on July 25.

“Obviously, Tasman Rugby is very pleased we will get club rugby in June, age grade in July, Farah Palmer Cup in August and the Mitre 10 Cup 10 in September.”

Pre-season matches may be played in the final week prior to Phase 3.

Hockey

Club hockey divisions one through three are set to start on June 20 and will run for a 12-game season.

Division four will start on June 19 also for a 12-game season with division five getting underway on June 24 for seven games.

Nelson Hockey operations manager Fabian Amor says this new time frame will have allow all teams the opportunity to have three trainings as a full team before the competition begins.

Team Registration will remain to be due on the 5th of June

Basketball

Club basketball will tip off in Nelson on Tuesday June 16.

In an innovative move the New Zealand NBL will go ahead in a condensed format with all teams based in Auckland.

The Giants will start its the season on Tuesday June 23 against the Taranaki Mountainairs at 5.30.