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Delta Covid 19 coronavirus outbreak: Northland sporting events and Saturday market postponed

By August 18, 2021December 18th, 2021Sports events

Bunnings NPC’s game between Northland and Otago is among rescheduled sporting events following the lockdown. Photo / Tania Whyte

All major sporting events across Northland this week have been, as might be expected, postponed to dates not yet decided or canceled due to the Level 4 lockdown.

Sports organizations have taken to social media to inform the public of the postponement as the number of cases of the Delta variant of Covid continues to rise this week and health experts predict they will exceed 100.

The Bunnings NPC clash between Northland and Otago to be played this Sunday at Semenoff Stadium in Whangārei will be rescheduled, as will other games across the country.

The New Zealand Rugby Federation has also postponed Farah Palmer Cup matches and Heartland Championship matches.

New Zealand football has suspended all community and futsal matches across the country, including Northland.

“Due to the nature of our competitions, with teams traveling to Auckland and hosting teams from Auckland, if you experience symptoms of Covid-19 you get tested.”

The National League, Chatham Cup and NZ Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup matches are also on hold this weekend.

All junior hockeys, including the funsticks scheduled for Friday and Saturday, have been canceled.

Senior games scheduled for Friday and Saturday as well as college games scheduled for Monday are postponed.

Saturday’s First Men’s and Women’s Finals have also been postponed after the scheduled national hockey championship.

Meanwhile, the popular Whangārei farmers market on Saturday will not take place.

A spokeswoman said organizers could only operate the market below Alert Level 2 when only 100 people were allowed.