Finally back having ball

A SEA of club colours, Bankstown District Amateur Football Association’s (BDAFA) 43 playing fields all got some much needed action over the weekend as 260 games were held for the first time since the Covid lockdown.

BDAFA General Manager Leanne Millar said there were plenty of spectators – all social distancing and making use of the hand sanitisers as were the players.
“Everyone was just so excited to be back,” Millar said.
“Parents told me they didn’t mind getting up early for once to take the kids to sport, with many of the younger players up and dressed and raring to go at 7am.
“Everyone was just so positive and happy to be back; wherever I went, everyone was very happy and grateful.”
With full contact training back for all seniors and juniors, BDAFA will also enjoy a full season until mid October since they don’t have as many cricket pitches as other districts.
“Our clubs still have vacancies and its not to late to register to play,” Millar added.
“They can call the office on 9771 3322 or visit their local club.”
BDAFA’s largest club Panania Diggers had a fantastic weekend, according to secretary Dave McFadden.
“Everyone is so thrilled to be back and it all went very well,” he said.
Central Sydney Wolves (formerly Chullora Wolves) secretary Sam Shadid said that although six players had dropped out, everyone else couldn’t wait to get back on the field.
“The kids got to finally get out of the house and there was a great vibe.
“The club is definitely our home away from home and it’s just so good to be back, not just for the players but for all of the families and extended families involved.”