THE Port Hunter Thunder Touch Association (PHTA) is gearing up for the start of their season in October by holding registration days on 3 and 10 September at Yulong Oval, Medowie between the hours of 5pm – 7pm.
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Last season saw over 500 players join the association from across the Port Stephens and Hunter regions and organisers are expecting those numbers to increase as COVID-19 restrictions further ease.
PHTA Treasurer Matt Jeffery said the competition caters for all ages from 6 years up to 60 with top level NSW affiliated referees and marshalls trained up in the best COVID-Safe practices to protect participants.
“Although COVID-19 will play a major part in the up and coming season we’re confident that our COVID plan will enable players and spectators to feel safe in the playing environment,” said Matt.
“Our committee has worked tirelessly to ensure that we can get under way and enjoy some great community driven sport.”
PHTA are optimistic that even through these difficult times with COVID-19 that the association will be able to field representative teams when regional clashes occur in the future.
“We are hopeful that we may be able to establish some representative pathways for our junior and senior players to play at high levels in state and regional competitions this year depending on COVID-19,” said Matt.
Even with local businesses being hit hard during the pandemic there’s been plenty of support to help keep the association moving ahead with their plans.
A little more would help ensure that all teams and players get the finest support and equipment available though.
“If there are any businesses in the area interested in becoming a sponsor this season they can get in contact with us through our Facebook page or by calling me or a fellow committee member,” said Matt.
To support the association or for further information on sign up head to https://www.facebook.com/Porthunterta or give Matt a call on 0421032956.
By Mitch LEES