Ty Fitzgerald from tannum Rugby League Club is crunched in a tackle against Gladstone Valley's.
Ty Fitzgerald from tannum Rugby League Club is crunched in a tackle against Gladstone Valley's.

ROLLING COVERAGE: List of Gladstone sports events cancellations

UPDATE: Friday, April 3, 4pm

SHOOTING: The Gladstone District Pistol Club Range will be closed effective immediately.

The closure affects all ranges at the complex.

This means there will be no club competition and no individual practice sessions.

This also means no safety courses will be run.

Members will be kept up to date to any further status changes.

UPDATE: Wednesday, April 1, 4.25pm

GYMNASTICS: Classes at Gladstone Gymnastics have been cancelled until further notice following the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, keep an eye out for the GG Virtual Class schedule on the Facebook page.

ARCHERY: All sanctioned Gladstone Field Archers Incorporated events have been postponed until May 30 at the earliest.

Also due to the use of shared equipment with new and Come and Try non-members thye club will no longer be able to have Come and Try shoots until further notice.

For current members only - until the club is strictly told to cease shooting, the shoot schedule will go on as planned, however there will be no sausage sizzle provided until further notice

UPDATE: Wednesday, April 1, 1pm

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Rugby League Gladstone season has been delayed until June 1 at the earliest.

The decision was made in line with the latest direction from the Queensland chief health officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from the public health emergency which applies to all Queensland residents as of May 19.

UPDATE: Tuesday, March 31, 10.25am

GOLF: The Boyne Island Tannum Sands Golf Club clubhouse and golf course are closed until further notice.

No access is permitted by any member or guest during the closure of the course.

Golf Australia has contacted all clubs on Monday to provide further guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on golf as follows:

“It is Golf Australia’s recommendation that, based on the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday evening, that limits outdoor gatherings to two persons or fewer, all golf clubs and facilities should close until further notice.

This messaging has been clear on what constitutes exercise and while golf is used for exercise for many, it is clear that golf does not fall within this definition based on public government statements in the past 24 hours.

“Any further changes to this advice will be published on the Pro Shop Facebook Page,” BITS Golf Club managaer Hayden Gomez said.

“In the meantime, we encourage all members and their families to observe all the COVID-19 precautions being put in place by the authorities, for your safety and the safety of those around you.

“We look forward to welcoming all our members and guests back to the Club as soon as we are able to do so safely.”

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 31, 10.15am

DARTS: All competitions at the Gladstone District Darts Association have been cancelled until the end of April at the very least due to the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keep an eye out on the Gladstone Darts Asscociation Facebook page.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 31, 9.55am

BMX: BMX Queensland has ceased all BMX activities including private coaching sessions.

The ruling comes after Sunday night’s announcement of the new restrictions announced by the Australian Government.

BMX Queensland continues to take the health and wellbeing of our members, volunteers and staff very seriously.

The decision of the BMXQ Board to issue this direction was based directly on the advice of the Australian Government.

More details are on the BMX Queensland website.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 31, 9.45am

FITNESS: Gladstone Regional Council wishes to advise that all council owned playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, skateparks (including pump tracks) and BBQs are closed until further notice.

The decision to close these facilities was made following the Australian Government’s announcement on Sunday evening in response to novel coronavirus.

While many of these facilities cannot be closed physically, council urges residents to follow the advice of the Australian Government and stay at home unless essential.

For the latest updates regarding closures and event cancellations, visit www.gladstone.qld.gov.au and follow us on social media.

UPDATE, Wednesday, March 25, 8.30pm

MOTORSPORT: The future events at the Central Coast Car Club Gladstone will be suspended until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CCCC spokesman Jamie Overend said a decision to see if the club’s monthly meetings at Calliope Central Bowls Club will be made soon.

“You may have seen a number of other car clubs announce event suspensions over the last couple of days,” Overend said.

“So with the social changes around the developing COVID-19 pandemic, the CCCC committee has also made the decision that all future club events will be suspended until further notice.

“We will review this status as needed and communicate changes as they arise.

“We trust all members and competitors are aligned with this decision and look forward to getting back to “kissing the dirt or bitumen” when all is clear.”

UPDATE, Wednesday, March 25, 12.30pm

GOLF: Golf competitions and social games in groups of no more than five are allowed to go ahead under the proviso all players and club staff follow governed hygeine rules announced last night.

These can be found on the Golf Australia website.

LAWN BOWLS: All competitions in this sport will cease as from midnight today. It comes after PM Scott Morrison’s latest guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Australian Federal Government has advised that all organised sporting events and all social sporting activities must cease, including all forms of social bowls, from midnight tonight. (March 25, 2020),” it said on the Bowls Australia website.

BASKETBALL: Further to the details below, a Basketball Queensland spokesperson said that they will meet with all QSL clubs.

“We’ve got a catch up scheduled for April 9 but will be in contact with clubs before and after regardless to see how they are going,” he said.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 24, 5.40pm

BASKETBALL: The NBL-1 North season will be a wipeout for season 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However a Basketball Queensland spokesperson that this will not affect the start of the Queensland State League season, whenever that may start, at this stage.

“This decision does not affect the 2020 QSL season,” a BQ spokesperson said.

“We will continue to consult with our associations regarding the QSL on a regular basis.”

Gladstone Port City Power president Aaron Cameron said all QSL clubs would be in constant talks with BQ.

“BQ are giving each club a bell and gauging feedback to make a decision. I havent got the heads up yet when this may be,” he said.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 24, 8.50am

TENNIS: All activities at the Gladstone Tennis and Squash Association has been abandoned until further notice.

These include all coached lessons, social tennis, all fixtures and court hire.

The closed facilities include the clubhouse and toilets.

The GTSA is also working through all accounts of members and has frozen all automatic debits.

UPDATE, Monday, March 23, 8.10am

ATHLETICS: All training has been suspended until further notice at the Trinity College High Performance Unit based on the government’s stage one rules released by Prime Minister Scott Morrison last night amid the COVID-19 crisis.

SQUASH: All indoor sporting centres and clubs including squash centres must close at noon today until further notice.

The current fine for breaching these directions in Queensland 100 penalty units or $13,345 per instance.

All pennants, tournaments, in-house and social squash must now be suspended.

Email info@qsquash.org for more details.

UPDATE, Sunday, March 22, 7.50pm

EIGHTBALL: Due to recent restrictions put in place by the Australian Government regarding COVID-19, the Port City Cue Sports executive committee have had thorough discussions and have regretfully decided to postpone all events including Tuesday Night League Night, Monday Night Juniors, Social Comps, Trials and Championships until further notice.

The executive committee will review weekly and keep everyone updated.

All Gladstone Eightball Association events such as Tuesday night juniors, Wednesday and Thursday night fixtures, social comps, rankers, trials and championship have been postponed until further notice.

Regarding the GEBA Central Queensland Carnival of Pool and COVID-19, the CQ executive Committee would like to announce the following:

effective immediately, City versus Country is postponed and may need to be cancelled if further restrictions will affect a rescheduled date.

Until there is further clarification from the QEBF regarding state trials, these dates for the Masters, Zones and Singles will be on hold unless dates are either rescheduled or cancelled by the QEBF.

This will also effect the CQ Junior Championship and the SEQ v CQ Challenge.

These events to be advised very soon.

UPDATE, Saturday, March 21, 5.20pm

SWIMMING: In response to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Gladstone Regional Council wishes to advise the Gladstone Aquatic Centre and Mount Larcom swimming pools will be closed until further notice.

The first priority is the health and safety of the community.

For more information please visit https://gladstoneaquatic.com.au

UPDATE, Friday, March 20, 3.40pm

RUGBY UNION: A strong representation of Gladstone players will no longer attend Bushrangers trials for selection in the 2020 Junior Brahmans State Championship in July in Toowoomba because it has been postponed until next year.

The Chanel College under-15s rugby side has had a premature end to its Rockhampton Rugby Schools Competition in Rockhampton because of the threat of the coronavirus.

UPDATE, Friday, March 20, 7.50am

TOUCH: All Gladstone Touch senior competitions will continue as long as safety hygiene measures are done but junior comps have been cancelled indefinitely.

In a COVID-19 meeting yesterday afternoon between the Federal Minister of Youth and Sport, leading health experts from the Australian Government Department of Health and Sport Australia’s CEO with National Sporting Organisation CEOs, including TFA CEO, the experts advised that community sport could play on. And should play on – due to the health and mental wellbeing benefits that participating in sport provides people and communities.

All health experts in the meeting reassured us that the risks of participating in sport are low as long as people who are unwell do not attend.

It was also communicated that while high-contact sports may pose a greater transmission risk, the risk of infection in a minimal-contact sport such as Touch Football, where contact is also not prolonged, is low.

HOCKEY: Gladstone Hockey Association met last night to decide on its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a Facebook statement after the meeting, it advised that all fixtures and training would be postponed until May 9.

That arrangement will be reviewed on April 14 by the board in conjunction with branch managers.

All postponed rounds will be played once the season commences.

“We understand that this is an unfortunate disruption to the commencement of the hockey season, but GHA believes a consistent approach is key to protecting our hockey community from the very challenging COVID-19 situation,” the statement said.

“This decision has not been made lightly with consideration been given highest priority to the health and well-being of our players, volunteers, members and the broader community.

NETBALL: The Budgies Indigenous Junior Netball April carnival has been cancelled.

Organisers on Facebook said the July carnival was still going ahead at this point.

The South Africa trip was also delayed.

EQUESTRIAN: Gladstone Calliope Equestrian Group has been forced to cancel its April 5 competition.

“This has not been an easy decision and it’s certainly one we are all disappointed to have to make. Due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus and the governments declaring a biosecurity emergency, our hands are tied. We must prioritise the health and safety of all members, competitors and spectators,” president Charlene Polley said.

UPDATE, Wednesday, March 18, 10.20pm

SOFTBALL: Safety measures will be practised in Friday’s Softball Gladstone women and men grand finals.

While the junior finals have been cancelled, the senior deciders will be 90 minutes in duration.

Top side Psyclones meet Souths after Souths 11-1 preliminary final win over Telfords last week.

The women’s final will be at 6.30pm.

Blue Jays and Red Sox will go head-to-head at 8.15pm.

There will also not to be any handshakes or high fives.

UPDATE, Wednesday, March 18, 5.20pm

VOLLEYBALL: In finally some positive news, competitions at the Gladstone Volleyball Association will continue.

GVA are monitoring all media and committee will release a more formal statement in the near future.

At this stage, games will go ahead as scheduled.

Today, the government has announced that all indoor gathering of 100 or more people would be cancelled, effective immediately.

GVA expects about 32 players on court at any time, and maybe 20 spectators or otherr which is well under 100 required for cancelling events.

UPDATE, Wednesday, March 18, 3.15pm

MOTORSPORT: Gladstone Kart Club will postpone its round of racing scheduled for March 28.

With the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the coronovirus pandemic, this decision comes in light of the uncertainty the community faces and the club’s concern for the health and safety of all its members, competitors, volunteers and the karting community as a whole. GKC intends to run the event later in the year which will be advised in due course.

UPDATE, Wednesday, March 18, 1.40pm

SAILING: The Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race has been cancelled.

This is further to Gladstone Festivals and Events announcing the cancellation of the Gladstone Harbour Festival.

The decision was not made lightly but safety of all due to the COVID-19 pandemic was the number one priority.

UPDATE, Wednesday, March 18, 1.20pm

BASKETBALL: The Gladstone Port City Power Queensland State League women’s and men’s teams will at this stage start their seasons on May 15.

All junior competitions in the Gladstone Amateur Basketball Association have been abandoned as have all the women and men senior competitions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

SOFTBALL: Softball Gladstone will have a meeting tonight to discuss to precede with the senior finals on Friday night or not along with junior matches tomorrow.

UPDATE, Wednesday, March 18, 9.15am

NETBALL: Curtis Coast Dolphins Netball Association will have a meet the coach session tomorrow between 5-6pm

“Please come down and meet me have a chat to receive a coaches pack to guide you through the season and ask questions,” a club spokesperson said.

Curtis Coast Dolphins Netball Association will abandon all competitions and training sessions until April 22.

UPDATE, Wednesday, March 18, 8.50am

LAWN BOWLS: The Boyne Tannum Bowls Club competitions will continue as normal.

Club president Peter Cameron said the sport suits the practices applied such as social distancing.

“The use of disinfectants and sanitizers has been increased as well,” he said.

“Our committee will meet this Saturday to discuss any further measures.”

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 17, 10pm

TENNIS: The Pizzey Cup, in which Gladstone’s Nick Crane was be a part of the Queensland team, is unlikely to go ahead due to the danger of the coronavirus spreading.

The event was to be from May 2-9 but Tennis Australia released the following on this LINK.

Community tennis will continue providing these strict health guidelines are followed HERE.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 17, 8.10pm

CRICKET: There will not be any Gladstone Cricket Incorporated Super League grand finals this weekend.

BITS Gold were to meet Yaralla White in the B-grade decider while The Glen Black were scheduled to meet BITS Saints in the reserves grand final this Sunday at noon.

The following is advice from Cricket Australian and Queensland Cricket:

The GCI are following the recommendation of all 2019-2020 cricket season fixtures, finals, training and presentations for clubs, players, parents and supporters are to be cancelled effective today.

This decision has not been taken lightly and is obviously following the recommendations of CA based on the information provided to them from health officials.

More information on the end of season award winners and any more updates will become available as the week progresses.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 17, 7.20pm

RUGBY LEAGUE: CQ Capras’ women’s and men’s teams will play their next BHP Premiership and Intrust Super Cup games on June 5.

Capras had mixed results against Easts Tigers in round one last weekend with the women winning and the men losing.

In addition, all junior regional events and state carnivals will be postponed indefinitely.

All Rugby League Gladstone junior and senior competitions are abandoned until at least the first weekend of May.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 17, 6.40pm

BASKETBALL: Gladstone Amateur Basketball Association junior Thursday night games have been cancelled this week.

Basketball Queensland will make an announcement on Friday as to the situation and if fixtures can progress for the season.

Please keep an eye on this page for updates.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 17, 5.20pm

SOCCER: All Football Central Queensland senior and junior competitions have been abandoned.

Football Federation of Australia today convened a meeting of the National COVID-19 working committee and the presidents of the state body members to further discuss football’s response to COVID-19.

After careful consideration and having regard to the feedback received from the grassroots community, FFA advises that effective from midnight tonight, all sanctioned grassroots football activity in Australia will be suspended until April 14.

The suspension applies to all sanctioned matches and competitions, including National Premier Leagues, FFA Cup, youth and grassroots football (including MiniRoos and futsal) as well as training and associated football related activities.

FFA will continue to closely monitor all COVID-19 developments in consultation with the Federal Government and its National COVID-19 Working Committee and will provide updates to the football community as the latest information becomes available and in advance of April 14.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 17, 4.55pm

HOCKEY: A decision will be made tonight about the upcoming Gladstone Hockey Association season as well as the scheduled preseason competition this weekend.

A meeting will be held at GHA headquarters tonight.

AUSSIE RULES: The AFL Capricornia season, due to start on March 28 has been suspended until May 31.

BITS Saints and Bill Robertson Toyota Gladstone Suns were to meet Yeppoon Swans and Rocky Brothers on March 31 at BITS and Clinton Oval respectively.

Below is a statement from AFLQ:

The health and well-being of fans, players, umpires, officials, partners, volunteers and communities has been our number one priority.

We are determined to be part of the whole of community response to slow this COVID-19 virus down – and in doing so, help the broader community and our health systems to cope.

Following a series of meetings over the last number of days involving the AFL and all State and Territory CEOs, recommendations have been made in relation to Community football.

Consistent with the decision yesterday in relation to State League football and the national and state talent programs, all AFL and AFL State association managed or operated leagues along with the NAB AFL Auskick Centres programs currently operating or set to begin, will be postponed until May 31.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 17, 4.30pm

SURF LIFE SAVING: Surf Life Saving Queensland has postponed the 2020 Queensland Youth, Seniors and Open Surf Life Saving Championships that were to be held at Alexandra Headland over the next two weekends because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club was to have had a strong representation.

The championship were expected to have more than 3000 surf lifesavers line up over six days of competition.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 17, 4.10pm

SOCCER: The fate of this weekend’s senior grading games, FFA Cup match in which Clinton is involved and Gladstone’s juniors is up in the air and an annouccement from Football Federation of Australia will be made later today.

FFA is currently working together with representatives from each of its nine state and territory member federations and other relevant stakeholders, within the framework of its guidelines, to ensure that it is responsive to what is a dynamic and continuously-evolving issue and that the health and wellbeing of both the football and wider community remains the highest priority.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 17, 3.35pm

CRICKET: There’s no word from Gladstone Cricket Incorporated if the GCI Super League grand finals are to go ahead or not this Sunday.

That was despite a Cricket Australia media relaease that advised organistions to not continue competitions.

BITS Gold were to meet Yaralla White in the B-grade decider while The Glen Black were scheduled to meet BITS Saints in the reserves grand final this Sunday at noon.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Rugby League Gladstone have suspended all junior competitions this weekend and as well as what was to be the senior 9s preseason competition.

Details of a delayed RLG senior comp will be confirmed tonight.

The 47th Battalion has be cancelled and was originally scheduled to be hosted in Bundaberg May long weekend.

The Queensland Rugby League is facing the possibility of postponing all its major and grassroot competitions until June due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The QRL’s board of directors will meet tonight to discuss several options around rugby league in Queensland, including what will happen with the Intrust Super Cup, the women’s BHP Premiership, Hastings Deerings Colts, the Mal Meninga Cup and all community and local football.

CQ Capras are involved in the ISC and BHP competitions.

While the PNG Hunters have been kept in Queensland in a bid to play Round 2 of the Intrust Super Cup, it is unclear whether any competitions will continue past this weekend.

Among the options to be discussed tonight, one includes postponing all rugby league organised by the QRL until June, in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The option of a shortened season is also expected to be looked at, as well as pushing on and playing games behind closed doors.

While the board will meet tonight, a decision may not be reached until tomorrow given the financial flow-on effect of a suspended season.

MARTIAL ARTS: Gladstone Martial Arts Academy has postponed these events until a future date.

“With the concern of COVID-19 and the health and safety of our members and their families we have decided to put a hold on all events at the GMAA until such time as it is deemed safe to have large group affairs again.

“We had planned for six events this year and we have held two with the next one scheduled in Rockhampton in May but all are on hold until further notice.”

NETBALL: Gladstone Netball Association will postpone all its senior and junior competitions as well as trainings until April 21.

Curtis Coast Dolphins Netball Association will abandond all comps and training until April 22.

UNION: Gladstone Rugby Union Football Club Goats will have to wait until May 2 at the earliest to open its account in the Rugby Capricornia competition.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 17

AUSSIE RULES: On Monday, AFL CEO Gillian McLachlan announced a restructured 17-round season would go ahead, with a call on Round 1 to be made sometime on Tuesday. All state league competitions – including the NEAFL – have been suspended, as have talent identification programs and academies. Nothing yet on community competitions, though a call on that is expected to be made at some stage on Tuesday.

BITS Saints and Bill Robertson Toyota Gladstone Suns open their AFL Capricornia campaigns on March 28 but that is now very unlikely.

BASKETBALL: The Gladstone Amateur Basketball Association senior and junior competitions continued as per normal last week and on Monday night.

GABA have informed The Observer that a statement from Basketball Queensland will be released this Thursday or Friday about the community competitions throughout the state as well as the upcoming Queensland State League season in which Gladstone Port City Power women’s and men’s teams will particpate in.

However BQ have released a statement last Friday about representative competitions at junior levels.

BQ has made the decision to suspend all BQ related programs, events and fixtures until further notice.

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rises in Queensland, we believe the decision to temporarily suspend all fixtures and events is an appropriate measure to ensure the safety of our members.

As an organisation, we believe the health and well being of our participants and members comes first.

This is not a decision that we have taken lightly and we would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience during this difficult time.

Please be assured that BQ will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates over the coming days.

The third and final Central Queensland Junior Basketball Carnival under-16 comp was due to be held in Gladstone last weekend but was abandoned due to the ‘mass crowd beyond 500’ factor and the risk of catching COVID-19.

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