Gloucester's winter sports season impacted by COVID-19

Gloucester Panther's player Bruce Snape in action against in permiship match against the Sharks during last year's Manning hockey season.
Gloucester Panther's player Bruce Snape in action against in permiship match against the Sharks during last year's Manning hockey season.

The ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has caused widespread postponements and cancellations for sporting competitions across the Mid Coast.

The Manning Valley Hockey Association season for junior and seniors, which was due to start on Saturday, March 21, will now begin on May 1. As players still want to play 20 matches, some games will be played on Thursday and Friday nights. Other weekday time slots will be considered if necessary. At this stage, training sessions will be at the discretion of each club. Coaching clinics in the Manning have been postponed until early May.

The start of Football Mid North Coast's senior and junior competitions have been put back until April 14. This follows an edict from Football Federation Australia this week in response to the coronavirus crisis. All other junior and senior competitions under the FMNC umbrella were to get underway early next month.

NSW Rugby League (NSWRL) has cancelled all senior and junior competitions until at least May 1. This means Newcastle and Hunter senior and junior competitions, including all training sessions, are on hiatus. This has a direct impact on the Gloucester Magpies. This decision was made by NSWRL in partnership with the NRL. The sporting body considered advice from NRL chief medical officer Paul Bloomfield and government agencies.

The Lower Mid North Coast Rugby Union competition will be postponed until the first week of May. This follows an announcement from Rugby Australia, which has barred all matches, training and courses until this time. The competition was set to get underway from April 4.

The Mid North Coast Cricket Premier League finals series has been cancelled. Hastings River District Cricket Association was awarded the over 35s championship. They were set to face Gloucester in the final on Sunday. Other local cricket competitions have already finished.

All netball matches and training in Gloucester have been suspended until May 2.

Gloucester Basketball has followed the Basketball Australia recommendation that associations suspend their programs and competitions until further notice.

Parkrun has suspended its Saturday morning runs until the end of March.