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Kids’ sport in fight for future as Covid hits hard

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Covid-hit sporting groups are struggling to field sides due to young players testing positive or being isolated as a close contact. Coaching staff and umpires have also been sidelined in the escalating spread of the virus.Adelaide Community Basketball Association competitions manager Sue Wood said teams had withdrawn from finals clashes, which start this Saturday.“I am fielding questions about teams who can’t fill sides for the finals, entire teams have been decimated … it’s really upsetting,” she said.“We are in our biggest social season ever – we have 330 teams – so it’s added an exponential amount of administration, we are all quite fatigued to be honest.“It is very, very disappointing to watch juniors stumble right at the finish line.”At Cabra Dominican College in Adelaide’s inner south, sport co-ordinator Joel Morizzi estimates four to eight teams at his school are missing games each weekend.“The number of Covid cases we’ve had at the school over the past two weeks has been huge,” he said.“Virtually on a Thursday we do an audit of every team to see if we have enough numbers for weekend sport … I would say this term has been our biggest challenge by far.”Pulteney Grammar School’s head of sport Emma Bahr agreed the past few weeks had been testing.“An example of this is our 1st IV Senior Girls’ crew at Head of The River was set to defend their title only for a confirmed case the week of (the race) to rule out the entire crew,” she said.The school is already looking ahead to the winter sport season and the potential impact the flu, combined with Covid, might have.“We’re looking at how we might be able to create squads that could accommodate a number of forced absences, or hybrid-style game formats to accommodate smaller teams,” Ms Barr said.“Playing sports for your school … builds camaraderie, lifelong friendships and memories outside that of the schoolyard and classroom.”Year 12 student Laura Fitzpatrick who plays in the school’s senior girls’ cricket side said she was saddened for teammates who had missed key matches. “It’s really disappointing for the people that have trained and played the entire season with us,” she said. Football SA CEO Michael Carter said clubs were “managing under difficult circumstances”.“Covid is certainly presenting its challenges this year with a number of postponements taking place across all levels of competitions,” he said.

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