IF Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces a drop to Alert Level 1 by Friday, netball fans may still get the chance to watch the ANZ premiership final at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill.
On Tuesday, Netball New Zealand events manager Kate Agnew said there was still a slight possibility there could be spectators at the game being played between Central Pulse and Mainland Tactix.
“We do have a plan. We’ll wait on what the Government announces on Friday to see whether we need to enact that one.
“It won’t be a ticketed match if the level changes.”
However, tickets which had already been purchased to the games in Invercargill, were now voided with previous ticket holders being refunded. A new ticket process would be put in place if required.
“If the levels change we are hopeful we will be able to open the game back up again but it will be through a different entry process.”
If Invercargill was still in Alert Level 2 at the time the game is played, it will only be a handful of players’ friends and families who will get to see the game at ILT Stadium Southland, Agnew said.
“It will be closed to the public.”
If the country went to Alert Level 3, the games would not be played unless the Government gave Netball NZ exemption to play.
The shift to Alert Level 2 was not so disruptive for organisers as NNZ had done a lot of prep work at the start of the premiership season then did not end up using it.
unknown territory to us because that is what we thought we were going to have to run the premiership under Level 2 in Auckland Netball Centre at the beginning of the competition.
“We’re getting to use some of the work we’ve already done.”
A curtain-raiser to the game had been organised with Southern Steel and Blaze Beko League players as well as members of the Southland men’s netball team and representatives from other sporting codes, Agnew said.
It would be an exhibition netball match with a bit of variation of the rules, including two-point goals and rolling subs with co-captains Gina Crampton and Te Huinga Reo Selby Rickett captains of each team.
“We’ve got two invitation teams who are going to play a hybrid game,”she said.
Despite the challenges of the season, it had proved the organisation was adaptable.
“Part one of the things is actually facing challenges so that is the key. So how well you can overcome those is always the test, Agnew said.
“I think we’re certainly finding out what we can do. We’ve got to get creative and imaginative.”
What was apparent was the positive impact of working alongside supportive organisations throughout the changing season, she said.
“We were really fortunate that we had elected to bring the finals series to Invercargill particularly because of the ILT Stadium. Certainly the team there are committed to doing whatever it takes to make things happen.”