Tasmanians as a whole are a very lucky breed at the moment.
An extraordinarily lucky portion of our population is certainly proving to be our budding sports stars.
What a time to be a citizen of the island state while everything is going on around us.
Obviously, that could be all taken away from us as a second wave of this deadly virus is certainly possible.
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But before that happens (and hopefully it doesn’t thanks to the handiwork of Mr Gutwein and others), we must be thankful for what we have.
A man who is definitely grateful for a kick the footy on the weekend is Deloraine Football Club coach Lochy Dornauf, who as a former Victorian, is seeing just how much sport means to those involved – not just physically, but also mentally.
“I certainly don’t take it for granted,” he said.
“I’ve got some really good friends obviously in Melbourne who are usually quite upbeat and happy people and I think a lot of that is derived from their ability to play group sports and team sports on the weekend.
“Obviously if you take that away, you’re taking away a big part of their lives and a big social aspect. If you throw on top of that the isolation element completely and it’s a recipe for a few mental health issues.
“Tasmanians as we currently sit, we are extremely fortunate to be in the situation we are in. There’s a caveat on that though, we look towards New Zealand and they went 100 days without a case and now cases are starting to rise.
“Currently the times are great but we’ve also got to be wary of what might be.”
With his town’s community spirit a driving force behind his desire to get the year underway, he says the engagement has exceeded his expectations.
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“In our own community, it’s so encouraging to see blue and white flown on weekends, it’s great to walk down the street and people ask ‘how you going’,” he said.
“People are starting to be invested, not only financially but personally, and that’s reciprocated from our attendances at our home games in the first couple of rounds of the season.
“In my eyes, it’s a necessity and I’ve always thought it was a necessity from the start for the reasons that I’ve mentioned about Victoria and the mental health issues that can be derived from isolation away from group and team sports.
“It’s great to see that it’s been warmly welcomed by everyone and the rules that have been set by the NTFA have been followed to a tee.”
We are kicking goals on and off the field Tassie, we just need to keep it up.
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