Be advised that due to the current air quality conditions being experienced at the State Cup venue, games scheduled for Sunday, December 8, will again need to be delayed by 1 hour. The first games are now scheduled to commence at 9am.
With a view of current and the predicated conditions for today the following playing conditions will be in force for Sunday December 8, 2019:
For games scheduled at 9am, 9.30am and 10am:
- Games will be played across 27 minutes; that is two 12minute halves with a 3-minute half time break.
- By playing halves, games will NOT be turnaround touch. Teams will play in the same direction and only change direction at half time.
- Timeslots will be on a 30min rotation. That is 9.00am, 9.30am, 10.00am etc
- The online draw for today is being currently adjusted to reflect the new time schedule.
It is our want from the 10.30 am time slot then to return to traditional State Cup turnaround touch. However, this can only occur if air quality conditions improve to a point this is possible. Should air quality conditions allow, the following playing conditions will apply for the remainder of the day.
- Games will be played across 25 minutes; that is straight turnaround touch football with no break.
- Timeslots will be on a 30min rotation. That is 10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am etc
Should air quality conditions not alter to the point where this can be implemented the morning format will continue. i.e. 2 x 12minute halves. We will advise which playing conditions we will be under from 10.30am once the relevant data for that decision is available. We will advise prior to the 10.30am time slot.
Should this be the case and we remain in the 2 x 12 format, we will reassess prior to the to 1.00pm timeslot for the ability to move to a 25minute turnaround format.
The online draw for today is being currently adjusted to reflect the new time schedule.
We are hopeful that predicated wind conditions during the day will aid in clearing. Please note that this decision has been taken in the best interests of all participants, across all divisions and inclusive of our referee contingent.
All participants will be alerted on the NSW Touch App as updates are made.
We remind all participants with chronic health problems, particularly respiratory and cardiac, need to consider the risks of playing in a smoke-filled environment. The NSWTA encourages all players, and their families, to consider the health risks associated with exercising in a smoke-filled environment. If anyone is participating and starts getting symptoms, they should be brought off the field immediately and given medical attention.
Your participant’s health should take priority. The decision to play will be left to the individual. If a participant is asthmatic, they need to ensure that they have all medications with them – preventers and relievers.