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20 October 2021
By DAVID BERRY
Volleyball Horsham members have voted with their feet, with an overwhelming majority agreeing to restarting the Covid-disrupted winter season.
With the release of the Roadmap to Recovery by the State Government previously allowing indoor community sport to recommence when the population had reached 80 percent fully vaccinated, the majority of members had agreed to restart in the second week of November, continuing to the week of December 13.
The decision on a starting date remains in place to avoid confusion, despite the government announcing at the weekend an opportunity to start indoor sport sooner.
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A knockout semi-final night for the top four teams will be on December 13, with winners progressing to a grand final night on December 15.
Before lockdown hit in mid-August, Volleyball Horsham was able to get three weeks of competition in.
Volleyball Horsham put in place grade co-ordinators who canvassed all teams with the proposal to restart, and the response was pleasing, all bar two teams were prepared to play into December.
The plan is to pick up where we left off and have five weeks of round-robin games before a modified finals series.
C Grade and juniors remain the same on Monday nights, resuming on November 8, with six and seven teams respectively.
They will be joined by A Reserve competition, which is down to four teams. A and B grades will resume on Wednesday night, November 10, with six teams each.
While the most recent roadmap allows indoor community sport to resume earlier, Volleyball Horsham will wait until the State Government releases details around compliance for participants, which is due later this week, before making any further decisions.
Volleyball Horsham’s time-honored and popular November tournament is still going ahead at this stage, but a final decision will be made towards the end of the month, in the hope that COVID case numbers in Melbourne start trending downwards.
Despite the roadmap indicating the event could proceed for fully vaccinated participants and volunteers, it was agreed to keep a watch on case numbers.
It was felt that because the tournament attracted teams from Melbourne, Volleyball Horsham did not want to be the one that staged an event with Melbourne participants, who might bring the virus with them.
Plus, we wanted to ensure we had all up-to-date information at hand so we could operate in a Covid-safe manner.
Volleyball Horsham will work closely with Volleyball Victoria to ensure we do everything we can to stage the event in a safe manner.
In the meantime, I’m sure I speak for all when I say we are excited to be able to return to play and do what we all love to do.
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