The 2021 junior football season is over after a decision by WaiBOP Football that COVID-19 alert level restrictions prevent a continuance of winter play.
In a statement on September 3, WaiBOP advised its 100-plus affiliated clubs and schools that while junior football was over for the year, it might be possible to continue with senior competitions if the region moves to alert level 2 or better in time for the weekend of September 18-19.
Here’s how the WaiBOP Football decisions affect Cambridge FC players and teams:
“As we cannot play this Saturday (September 4), which was the last scheduled weekend for most Junior Football around our region, Junior Saturday leagues (First Kicks to 13th Grade) have now been completed.
“Festivals: These are still several weeks away, so we are still working under the possibility we will be at an Alert Level that will enable us to hold these events. We will keep those who have entered updated with any developments. The festivals are:
- Craigs Investment Partners Rotorua Junior Football Festival (September 18) – UPDATE: NOW CANCELLED DUE TO EXTENSION OF ALERT LEVEL 2
- Craigs Investment Partners Waikato Junior 5-a-side (September 26).
- Weir Rose Bowl (October 9 to 11).”
Seasons have been completed for Cambridge’s U-12 and U-15 teams. A decision on the completion of the U-13 Y-League is pending, awaiting feedback from participating clubs.
The Reds and U-23 teams are awaiting decisions by the Lotto NRFL on whether their season can continue.
This decision will be made by Northern Regional Football after the government announces its next review of alert levels on September 13.
To complete the Lotto NRFL, Auckland clubs will need to be able to play at level 2 or better.
Cambridge have one game left to play and can still win the competition, depending on the results for Tauranga Old Blues who have three fixtures remaining.
WaiBOP: “The two teams that have qualified for promotion, and the two teams that will be relegated have been confirmed, although a clear winner of the league has not been established. Remaining games in this league will be rescheduled over three weeks (September 18-19, September 25-26 and October 2-3).”
Waikato Leagues (men and women)
WaiBOP: “Clubs have been consulted on their preferences for completing the local leagues in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. In order to conclude the current leagues, and also continue with the Knockout Cups we can advise the following:
“Waikato Men’s and Women’s Leagues: Two or three weeks of league games, with the quarter-finals of the Waikato Cup and Plate to be played on the weekend of October 2/3. The semi-finals and finals of the Waikato Cup and Plate will be moved to pre-season 2022. Some league games will need to be played mid-week to complete leagues.”
Cambridge’s Waikato Division 1 side is still in the Waikato Plate while the Cambridge women’s team are also in the quarter-finals of their Plate competition.
Updated draws for Waikato competitions will be available at the WaiBOP Football website on Friday September 10.