Eltham Rugby President - Tim Adams - Update on Season 2021 - 16 Sept 2021
Last week, Rugby Victoria announced that, with the extension of the current lockdown, the remainder of the 2021 rugby season would be cancelled. With no guarantee when the lockdown and accompanying restrictions might end, and with the duty of care required to safely enable a return to contact training and the resumption of playing, there was really no other option. This decision is in line with similar decisions made by administering organisations for other Victorian community winter sporting codes such as AFL, hockey and soccer. The full statement from Rugby Victoria will be posted on our new website (https://eltham.rugby/) and is available on the Rugby Victoria website (https://vic.rugby/news). Rugby Victoria is looking at options with respect to the impact of the cancellation on State Union and insurance fees.
I would like to thank everyone at Eltham RUFC for the effort they have put in this year, after our “gap year” of 2020, to get rugby back to Bridge St in 2021. The commitment and patience of our players, coaches, volunteers and families during the start-stop nature of the season has been remarkable. Despite the frustration with events beyond our control, the mood at the club remained positive and upbeat until the final games played. I would also like to acknowledge our wonderful sponsors who, in tough times for their businesses, have continued to support the club.
Of course, one of the casualties of this year, like last year, has been our 50th Anniversary celebrations – I believe we scheduled Gala Day three times this year! Also affected are plans for our normal post-season presentation afternoons/evenings. The Committee will meet and discuss what options might be available to us to hold these and other club events later in the year, restrictions permitting. At this stage we still have the 50th Anniversary Dinner tentatively pencilled in for mid-November, subject to allowable density limits. We are keen to maintain some momentum from this season and get rugby activities of one sort or another e.g. touch 7s for all age groups, up and running at the club as soon as we are allowed. Bridge St is looking great (how often can you say that at this time of year), so the sooner we can (safely) use it, we will!
Take care and stay safe,
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