2020 11 years Development Squad announced
Thank you to all the players who attended the 2020 11 years Development Squad selections last night. Thank you to all the Selectors and Umpires who helped out on the night, we really appreciate your time.
Congratulations to the following players who have been selected.
Tiana Armour, Marlei Barber, Kate Broadbent, Lily Coyne, Asha Crowder, Maleah Edwards, Stella Hall, Lily Jackson, Vanessa Killman, Sienna Lagudi, Molly Martin, Bronte McKee, Ruby Munday, Bodhi Ratja, Makaila Richards, Louise Swadel, Brielle Thomas, Lauren Trasler, Addison Webb, Phoebe Wells,
Gosford Netball Clinic - September 2020
2020 State Masters (35s & 40s) and Coach & Manager Applications Open
Applications are open for the 2020 State Masters (35s & 40s) at Baulkham Hills on Saturday 17th October and Sunday 18th October, 2020. Applications will close on Saturday 8th August, 2020 at 5pm. Selections will take place at a date to be advised.
Applications are also open for Coach and Manager of both teams, please see link below which will also close on Saturday 8th August, 2020 at 5pm.
Link below for 2020 State Masters 35s & 40s players
Coaches and Managers who wish to apply, please click on the link below (it will say 2021 but this is for the 2020 35s and 40s teams)
2021 Rep Applications open for Players, Coaches, Managers, Umpires & Selectors
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF SELECTIONS DATES @ 22/8/20
Applications are open for the 2021 Rep Applications for Players 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s 17s. Applications will close on SUNDAY 18th SEPTEMBER, 2020 at 5pm
applications are open for the 2021 Rep Applications for Players for 11 years and will close on SUNDAY 11th SEPTEMBER, 2020 at 5pm.
Please click on the link below for Players
Please note the selection dates previously advised have now changed to
11s Development - SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER, 2020 AT 8AM FOR 8.30AM START
12s – SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER, 2020 at 8.30am
13s & 14s - TUESDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER, 2020 AT 5PM FOR 5.30PM START
15s and 17s – THURSDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER, 2020 T 5PM FOR 5.30PM START
Please click on the link before for Coaches, Managers and Selectors. Applications will close on 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2020 If you are applying for any positions you will need to be available for interviews and selections dates if successful.
Rep Umpire Program please click on the link below. Applications close 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2020
2020 14s Rep team selections
After selections were held on Saturday 4th July, 2020 for additional player for the 2020 GNA 14s rep team, congratulations to Chantelle Napier. Welcome to the team.
Netball Update following Hunter Regional Meeting with Netball NSW
On Monday 22nd June, 2020 in my role as GNA Competition Coordinator I attended a virtual Hunter Regional Meeting on behalf of our Association. In attendance from Netball NSW were Melissa Achten – Community Engagement Manager and Lauren Woods – General Manager-Communities. They provided a general update regarding the organisation’s progress in putting together a Return to Play framework for community netball in NSW. At this stage the document is still with the NSW government but the Associations in attendance were advised that community netball will more than likely not resume until there is no upper limit on numbers able to participate in outdoor gatherings, as stated in any future NSW Public Health Orders. While this may ultimately delay the commencement of our winter competition further it will allow us to put together the competition with less restrictions. Unfortunately, this still may not include increased, or unlimited, spectator numbers but hopefully we will be able to structure the fixture in a shortened but similar format to our usual Saturday winter competition.
Netball NSW fee refunds were also discussed, with the final decision on refunds being made by the NNSW Board when they meet by the end of this month. I used this opportunity to liaise with other Associations within our region, and can report that everyone is moving at exactly the same speed in preparing for their return to play, due to the lack of formal instruction allowing Associations to return to play. Once this is granted and the framework has been determined we will work with clubs to create a new fixture based on the numbers of returning players. I would like to thank all clubs for their dedication to ensuring netball at Gosford this year will be conducted in a safe and appropriate manner.
At this point I am working on allocating timeslots for training based on the information summaries received from Clubs last Friday night. Clubs will be notified as this schedule is finalised and if I require any further information. We had planned to set up club meeting points for training on the surrounding grass areas but have since been advised by council this may not be possible as AFL and Touch Football may also be returning to Adcock Park once the Government restrictions ease. Areas to meet for training will require a little more planning.
I would also like to thank our members for your patience as we navigate this constantly moving situation. We ultimately want to see everyone who wants to play netball in 2020 back on the court, but we must exercise caution due to the volatile nature of this pandemic and the restrictions our sport presents by its very nature.
Please do no hesitate to contact your club or the Association via the Secretary if you have any questions. We will keep you up to date as more information comes to hand.
2020 13s, 14s and 15s Rep Players wanted
Applications are open for the 2020 Junior Rep Teams. Players are wanted for the 13s, 14s and 15s Rep teams who will attend Junior State Titles on the October long weekend. 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2020. 13s - Attack and Circle Defence, 14s -Defence players, 15s - Defence and Centre Court. All eligible players are welcome to apply. Please click on the link below. Applications will close on WEdnesday 1st July, 2020 at 5pm. All applications will need to be available for selections on Thursday 2nd July at 5pm at Adcock Park.
Letter to GNA Members
Dear GNA members,
After forwarding the GNA proposed timeline and explanation email on Friday to Club Secretaries and Presidents I felt it was a good idea to follow up with a letter to our members and that we can place on our social media and website with season updates. This allows our members to also follow the process of where were we are up to with regards to the 2020 season. I am blessed to have an incredibly supportive executive that are committed to providing a safe environment for our members and their families. Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we navigate our way with the constant changes and information we receive almost daily. Your support and patience is very much appreciated.
Update for our GNA Members
GOSFORD NETBALL UPDATE 26 MAY 2020
Dear GNA members,
Again, I would like to thank you for your patience in relation to the current Global pandemic and the 2020 season.
Last night a zoom information session was conducted with 4 GNA executive members and 1 representative from each club. The Information session was to discuss the return to training at Adcock Park.
- How we can manage this based on the Netball Australia Risk Assessment guideline template.
- What clubs were required to do with regards to providing GNA their own risk assessments.
- How we could manage return to training in general.
- If and how clubs and coaching staff felt about returning to training, especially as we have extra construction at Adcock Park, limited parking and parents unable to attend (must wait in their car as per Govt directive).
There is a large amount of consideration being put into a return to training program. This involves additional volunteer hours from GNA, clubs and a coaching perspective for a season that may or may not go ahead depending on NETBALL NSW, Department of Health & State Government COVID rulings.
Clubs have indicated they required more time to complete their risk assessments for the return to training and we established a lot of club coaches were anxious about returning to training based on their work commitments, families and coaching more than 1 club team in some cases that equals a higher risk of exposure.
A new training start date of 15/6/20 was proposed and agreed upon. This will allow a few extra weeks to monitor our younger players returning to school and mixing with more children.
Another Presidents meeting will take place 3/6/20 after GNA’s next executive meeting to monitor the COVID situation and any changes with regards to the season.
Just confirming training for club teams will not resume for clubs until 15/6/20 at this stage. It is of the utmost importance we continue to listen to and support our clubs large and small within our GNA competition.
We strongly recommend all members download the COVID app when training does resume. Clubs will have team registers with court number, names and times should we just have 1 member test positive to COVID that has been at GNA training the process to trace and sterilise is lengthy. All players, members, coaches must isolate and be tested. The results take around 3 days and this may affect your family, business, work, school etc. This may be a coach that has 3 teams therefore 30+ members would now be isolated and affected. The more exposer the higher the risk and the stronger the procedures will need to be. Keeping in mind each member should only be at Adcock Park a minimum of 1 hour per week so clubs may then be short of coaches and your team unable to train for that reason.
Be patient, supportive, calm and considerate when speaking with your club executive. They have the well-being of all club members and are making decisions not based on 1 player or team but the club as a whole.
The GNA steps still in place :
- Clubs checking with their teams if they would like to resume training 15/6/20.
- Clubs/Teams who wish to resume training will be required to abide by the Risk Assessment guidelines put in place.
- Everyone involved in the return to training must sign a copy of the risk assessment to acknowledge they have received it and understand what is required to return to training. Clubs will keep these on file until requested by the GNA Secretary.
- The lights will be on from Monday to Friday (at a cost to GNA). Training times will be 3.30pm to 8.30pm and Saturday times to be advised (no lights).
- Clubs will advise GNA if they would like to OPT IN to training and the number of teams that will be training by Saturday 6th June 5pm.
- GNA will then allocate a number of courts and court numbers to clubs who will manage their own teams, training nights/day and times.
- A full register of players, coaches etc attending training MUST be kept with what time and court number they were on. This is mandatory in case there is a COVID outbreak.
- Courts need to be allocated by clubs keeping in mind the “people per Court Rule & only allowing maximum 1 hour training sessions at a time and 1 session each week”. NO ONE a can be on the sidelines. Based on social distancing required they may only want to allocate 30 minute training sessions.
- Clubs/Teams/ Players will need to provide their own sanitiser, wipes, first aid kits and ice packs as per Risk Assessment.
- The clubhouse will be closed, however the external toilet at the side of the clubhouse will be available to players that are training & GNA will provide sanitiser for the toilet.
We would like to point out it is not compulsory to attend training and we will make this very clear to clubs to filter that information to their coaches & families. There may be many players for personal reasons unable to rejoin their team at this stage. Training will be non contact and include social distancing so coaches will need to be creative.
We can only touch briefly on the refund situation at this stage. memberships are broken up in 3 portions. (NNSW, GNA, and Club levies). Netball NSW announced during their special COVID meeting last Sunday that if community netball goes ahead they would not be issuing refunds for their portion of membership fees. HOWEVER, they were looking at financial hardship policies, clauses and grants and assessing each circumstance individually. If community netball is cancelled it would be put to the Netball NSW Board of Directors to approve refunds for the Netball NSW portion of all player fees. GNA are more than happy to refund the GNA portions once we know more information on a competition start date and if a competition is possible for 2020. Ideally players can carry their fees over to the 2021 season and there are still discussions in place with Services NSW regarding the Active Kids Vouchers and how they will work for players requesting refunds. These things take time and we want to provide you the correct information as it continues to change daily.
From a club perspective, we have asked Club Executive to communicate with their members regarding club refunds if and when available (once we know more from a NSW level). They may have already purchased equipment for the 2020 season along with the additional expense of sanitiser etc. It may not be possible for a full refund and this may place some additional financial strain on our clubs. A suggestion to reduce club costs is players to provide sanitiser, tissues and hand wipes at all training sessions when and if training recommences.
After finalising this information letter this morning I have since personally spoken with Darren Simpson, Executive General Manager Community & Pathways from Netball NSW today to keep him in the loop with regards to our clubhouse renovation, my concerns on behalf of our clubs and their members with regards to refunds and to ask Netball NSW in general for support/ideas on how we can manage a season if it goes ahead. I have also asked for our membership circumstances to be looked at with regards to refunds (after our Presidents meeting last night) and for Netball NSW to keep in mind the additional obstacles/challenges we may face for the 2020 season that we were not expecting. Darren appreciated the communication and feedback. I will tonight put this in writing to Netball NSW for their record on why we believe our members should be refunded if they choose not to participate in the 2020 season.
We are unable to issue any information at this stage with regards to a competition start date until after our next Executive meeting on Monday 1st June 2020 and only if at the meeting we have received any further updates from Netball NSW regarding the COVID restrictions. We understand some members are asking questions but at this stage it is out of our control and to issue any information would not be accurate and we would be guessing.
We thank you all for your patience and support during this challenging time and will continue to keep you updated as circumstances change.
Gosford Netball Association