Local soccer matches make return to the pitch this weekend post COVID-19

Hawkesbury's local soccer competitions will make their return to the pitch this weekend as they finally get to kick off their 2020 season.

The season which would have started earlier this year if not for COVID-19 and the lockdown has been adapted to fit a shorter time period and adapt for the various restrictions

Soccer returns: Brock Scott-Bridger plays for the Under 14 Division 3 Lowland Wanderers during a 2019 match against Blaxland. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Soccer returns: Brock Scott-Bridger plays for the Under 14 Division 3 Lowland Wanderers during a 2019 match against Blaxland. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Lowland Wanderers President David Parkinson, whose club is in the Nepean Football Association, is excited to return and notes that it could be difficult.

"We have to follow the maximum 500 people outdoors restriction, which is a lot of people but with multiple games, with players and spectators it could be hard," said David.

"Football NSW worked it out for the number of games that can be played and to only allow two spectators per player along with longer gaps between games, which will allow one team to finish and leave before the next team arrives.

"Players will also be required to come to their games in full uniform and leave in full uniform. No getting changed at the field or grouping together clothing and individual equipment.

"There's also all the small things like individual water bottles, subs sitting 1.5m apart on the sidelines, no orange slices or anything like that at half time. All of those will be easy to do."

David pointed out that obviously for spectators social distancing rules apply and that they have too abide by the agreed rules that allowed the games to return.

"I think that's what will make it hard, the spectators," David said. "We don't have very many volunteers who will be able to go around and constantly be checking, so I think we will be setting up a loud speaker to remind everyone."

Thanks to cricket delaying the start of their season, the 2020 season will be a full contact and complete season, without finals, with each team facing off twice.

Lowlands have seen good support form their players as they only lost about 14 players out of 300 and are planning to field all of their teams.

"It's really positive to see such a great turn-out," said David.

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