FOOTY'S BACK: No crowd limits mean we're back in the game

UPDATE, 2.20PM: The State Government has lifted crowd restrictions on all outdoor sporting events, meaning the Rugby League Mackay and District competition looks set to recommence.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced the limits would be lifted from noon on Friday, July 3.

RLMD chairman Adam Wright told the Daily Mercury the competition would "definitely be going ahead". 

"It's not business as usual, but it just about will be," Wright said. 

Wright confirmed the RLMD board would meet this afternoon, after discussions with Queensland Rugby League, where the decision to go ahead will be made official. 

"It looks all good for football, which is what we've been aiming for," he said.  

 

Rugby League Mackay & District chairman Adam Wright.
Rugby League Mackay & District chairman Adam Wright.

EARLIER, 11AM: AFTER months of what-ifs, what-dos and how-comes, the fate of the Rugby League Mackay and District season will finally be decided today.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is expected to make a call today on whether to reopen the Queensland borders and if July 10's stage 3 restrictions will be fast-tracked.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young will make her end-of-month review recommendations to the Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles this morning, ahead of a public announcement.

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The hope of Rugby League Mackay and District chairman Adam Wright is that stage 3 will be brought forward and restrictions eased further, allowing the junior and senior competitions to go ahead.

Wright said as it stands, with a 60-person limit per field, it would be impossible to run a competition.

 

He said the "minimum" requirement for football to be played this season was 100 people per field.

At 100 people per field, the senior competitions would have to run at the Mackay Junior Rugby League grounds.

"But we're actually hoping for 500 people per venue," Wright said.

John O'Brien from Brothers pushes through the Magpies defence during last season’s A-Grade competition.
John O'Brien from Brothers pushes through the Magpies defence during last season’s A-Grade competition.

With 500 per venue, it would allow RLMD to shift to a home and away fixture, giving clubs the ability to host senior matches and take in gate and canteen revenue.

"That's obviously where they get a lot of their funding, from their home games. It's important for our clubs and their revenue streams for this year," Wright said.

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Following the Premier's announcement, the RLMD board will meet this evening to make a final call on whether or not the season will go ahead.

"Fingers crossed when she makes the announcement it's going to be good news," Wright said.

 

AT A GLANCE:

  • No footy will be played if the restrictions stay at 60 people per field.
  • Senior footy will be played at the Mackay Junior Rugby League grounds if restrictions are lifted to 100 people per field.
  • Senior footy will move to a home and away season if restrictions are lifted to 500 people per venue

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