Here’s the current state of play with a host of sports impacted by the current lockdown:
NRL: The Penrith Panthers will continue to play out of BlueBet Stadium, but no crowds will be in attendance until after the lockdown. The NRL competition continues under strict biosecurity rules.
RUGBY LEAGUE: The NSWRL has suspended competitions across the Greater Sydney Region. They are scheduled to resume on the weekend of July 17, giving teams the opportunity to train before returning to play, but that will be subject to the NSW Public Health Order at this time.
AFL: The GWS Giants, along with the Swans, have relocated to Melbourne during the ongoing COVID crisis in Sydney.
AFL: Penrith’s Round 11 match against the South West Sydney Magpies at Greygums Oval was postponed last weekend due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Meanwhile, the Penrith Ramettes also didn’t get on the field with their clash against the Pennant Hills Demons also shelved. Games this weekend will also not go-ahead due to the ongoing Sydney-wide lockdown.
NETBALL: The Panthers Netball Opens and Under 23 teams have both collected two premiership points apiece after their opponents last week, The Capital Spirit, forfeited both games in Round 13 of the Netball NSW Premier League competition. No games will go ahead this week and next due to the Sydney-wide lockdown.
BASKETBALL: Penrith’s Round 11 fixtures against the Sydney Comets in Basketball NSW’s Waratah 1 Men, Youth Men and Youth Women competitions have been postponed due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Games this weekend will also not go-ahead due to the ongoing Sydney-wide lockdown.
SHUTE SHIELD: Penrith’s Round 11 fixture against West Harbour at Nepean Rugby Park was postponed last weekend due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak.Games this weekend will also not go-ahead due to the ongoing Sydney-wide lockdown.
VENUE CLOSURE: The Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre in Cambridge Park is closed until further notice. All Penrith District Basketball competitions have been put on hold and school holiday programs cancelled. Once the venue knows a possible return to sport date, they will communicate their plans to recommence all programs and activities.
OZTAG: The fields at The Kingsway in St Marys will remain dormant until at least July 10 with all Penrith OzTag activities suspended indefinitely. The local Association are currently working on plans to decide how the competition will be completed. Visit Penrith OzTag’s Facebook page for up-to-date details.
SUPER NETBALL: Giants Netball and the NSW Swifts have both relocated to Melbourne in effort to keep the Super Netball season alive.
HARNESS RACING: Racing will continue at the Penrith Paceway but no crowds will be in attendance.
GREYHOUNDS: Greyhound racing will continue at Londonderry’s Richmond Race Club, with no crowds in attendance.
ALL COMMUNITY SPORT: All community sport is cancelled at this stage.
Nathan Taylor is the Weekender’s Deputy Editor and Senior Sports Writer. He also compiles the weekly Chatter on the Box TV column. Nathan is an award-winning journalist, who has worked at the Weekender for a decade.