COVID-19 Update from the Altona Hockey Club

Update 21st of March

Hi all,

As many of you would have seen already, Hockey Victoria have made the decision to postpone all competitions until the 1st of May and cancel or postpone the following events;

  • Junior Country Championships – cancelled for 2020
  • Women & Girls Breakfast – cancelled for 2020
  • Senior Country Championship – cancelled for 2020
  • Junior State Championships – postponed until later in 2020

You can view the full statement here and keep up to date with the latest from HV here – https://hockeyvictoria.org.au/news/covid-19-information/

In line with this information and amid the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Altona Hockey Club is ceasing all official hockey training and club activity. This includes all senior and junior training, practice games, events and Hookin2Hockey. For Hookin2Hockey participants we will be offering free makeup sessions later in the year.

The situation is changing rapidly so we will provide regular updates to all members as they come to hand, but at this stage training is stopped until after the Easter Long Weekend, and expect an update at this time.

We will also be forming a COVID-19 committee to make sure that we are across the latest government advice and considering the full impact on our club.

Thank you to the Altona Hockey Club Board for their engagement and quick response at this time, we have met via phone on short notice to discuss these measures.

While this is a crucial time in slowing the spread of the coronavirus which is the major reason behind the decision of governing bodies and government to stop group activities, we also recognise that such a big impact on the day-to-day lives of our community is likely to affect people in a number of ways. We ask that you take the time to reach out to friends and family within the hockey community via phone or virtual means and help each other through this time and stay engaged within the community.

If you are looking at staying fit and exercising on your own, you can also join the AHC Strava Group started by Kelsey Fox and Phoebe Rothfield – a great way to engage with other members: Altona Hockey Club Strava Community

We will continue to keep you up to date with the latest news as it comes to hand via all channels, and you can see all of our statements here – https://www.altonahc.org.au/covid-19-update-from-the-altona-hockey-club/

One final request is that if you have been at the AHC recently and do test positive to COVID-19, please contact me at president@altonahc.org.au – we will keep this confidential, but will endeavour to contact other members that you have been in contact with over the past few weeks.

Summary:

  • All HV Competitions postponed until 1st of May.
  • AHC Training and activity stopped until after Easter and expect further communication.
  • Look out for each other via digital means and please let me know if you test positive so we can alert people you have been in contact with.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at president@altonahc.org.au, and we really appreciate our community’s mature response and support during these times.

Thanks, Alex Tyrrell
President, Altona Hockey Club

Update 17th of March

Hi again to all members,

I want to keep you updated with the latest on the COVID-19 virus and the affects on hockey and the AHC as you will have no doubt seen the affects around Australia and the world.

Today HV released their statement about the current status of hockey in Victoria – https://hockeyvictoria.org.au/news/covid-19-information/

They are planning for business as usual in line with the Victorian Governments Sport & Rec Statement.

At the AHC we have taken further measures to ensure our members stay safe and all training and events will be cancelled from Thursday through this weekend.

Premier League training took place tonight, and mens lower grades training is on tomorrow (Weds) night, from Thursday onwards the club will not be open for the rest of the week. Training has been cancelled Thursday, the OC v YC & $2k Draw postponed to after the season and all practice games cancelled this weekend. As communicated earlier all junior training has been postponed until the 30th of March.

We will then continue to assess the situation each week and communicate with members. I want to thank the Premier League coaches, Ben Newell, Zac Hawes and Ben Guy, Senior Hockey Operations Board Member Tyson Priddle and the PL leadership groups for the leadership on this matter. I want to stress that we currently don’t have any known cases or direct relation to a case, but these measures have been put in place with the health and safety of our members and the community at front of mind.

We have again been consulting with Dr. Matthew Guest in particular and other medical professionals who are advising strong, early action could be key in helping our community deal with this virus in the best way possible. Some great resources from the DHHS: Reducing your personal risk

Thanks again for your understanding and mature approach in difficult circumstances.

Stay Healthy!

Thanks, Alex Tyrrell
President, Altona Hockey Club

Update 13th of March

Hi all,

While we are not panicking, we are certainly taking the current coronavirus outbreak and the health of our members very seriously, so I just wanted to give you an update on the current status at the Altona Hockey Club.

Training for the senior grades is continuing as per normal, and the OC v YC games and $2k Draw event is going ahead as per the government guidelines to not hold events over 500 people, if this changes we will update you immediately. However, if you do not feel comfortable attending we will be offering full refunds, and we also recommend you do not attend if you have ongoing respiratory or health concerns.

We have taken the step of cancelling our MPL & MPLR practice games this weekend in favour of in-house training as we felt it best to take action now at this early stage to limit the risk where possible.

I have spoken to Andrew Skillern and he is working with other sporting codes to determine the best advice as possible for clubs at the community level, so expect more communication from Hockey Victoria as it is needed for the health and safety of all members.

We have some recommendations for everyone training and at the club from Dr. Matthew Guest:
1. If you have any features of the flu or even a cold stay home.
2. If you have a contact or family member diagnosed do not come to training even if you feel well.
3. Every player and coach needs to wash their hands with soap before going on the pitch and after finishing training (a big thank you to Rod Johnson who installed soap dispensers on all basins and sinks last year).
4. Every time we have a drinks break we should have some hand sanitizer on the sideline which everyone uses. Not as good as hand washing but helps.
5. Avoid hand shakes, high fives etc.
6. Just do normal healthy things, drink lots of water, eat well.

Summary
– All Junior training postponed until 30th March.
– Hookin2Hockey will continue Monday nights.
– All other senior training as usual and OC v YC & $2k Draw is going ahead, but please take the precautions above.
– Expect further communication from HV and the AHC as needed.

Stay healthy and thank you to all members for the mature approach during this time.

Thanks, Alex Tyrrell

President, Altona Hockey Club