South East sporting associations lock gates amid health crisis

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LOCKED OUT: Sporting groups in the Limestone Coast have been locked out of grounds and stadiums in an effort to arrest the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

SOME of the last sporting competitions left standing in the South East have now been called off due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The threat of COVID-19 has seen the likes of football and tennis suspended and now baseball, softball, netball, hockey, volleyball and disc golf can be added the growing list.

Despite approaching its penultimate week of the season, the Mount Gambier and District Baseball League has pulled the pin.

The call means both the anticipated preliminary and grand finals will not take place and the highest ranked side of each grade has been declared the premier.

Central has been crowned with the Division 1 and 3 titles, while the Division 2 premiership went to Millicent.

South Indians secured the Under 15 flag, while Central and Millicent won Under 13 Gold and Blue respectively.

Trophy presentations are set to be held tomorrow afternoon with only recipients and club officials invited.

Tomorrow’s scheduled Mount Gambier Softball League grand final between Demons and Warriors Blue has also been cancelled, following a directive from the sport’s governing body.

Softball SA recommended to suspend all play immediately until further notice, which means the 2019-20 title goes to Demons based off ladder position.

Another Blue Lake Sports Park resident to suffer at the hand of the pandemic is hockey, with the Lower South East Hockey Association season put on hold.

The measure has been put in place by Hockey SA, which made the call to postpone the start of all competitions and activities in the state.

The start of the Mount Gambier Association Netball season has also been delayed.

That is in response to Netball SA’s announcement to postpone the start of all winter competitions until at least May 31.

Mount Gambier Disc Golf is another sport to close its doors as a result of the ongoing health crisis.

All South East club-run events have been cancelled with immediate effect until May 18 after a mandate from Australian Disc Golf.

Volleyball has also come to a sudden stop, with the big call made on Wednesday.

The South East Volleyball Association has decided to suspend all competition until further notice and hopes to resume the current summer season at a later date.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled sports on a daily basis, there are still some available outdoor options with both golf clubs in Mount Gambier continuing to operate at this stage.

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