THE Macleay's netballers have hit the courts competitively for the first time in 2020 as community sport makes a huge comeback throughout the region.
Juniors and seniors all started their seasons on Saturday with COVID safe measures in place at the Verge Street netball courts.
In Division 1, Crescent Head Netball Club Vipers defeated Macleay Netball Association Reps 15's 59-25.
South West Rocks Corals defeated Natureland Storm 44-29 whilst SC Haileys lost to Natureland Thunder in a close match, 45-42.
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The association was exemplary in their COVID preparation for the return of games with X's marked at the canteen and on provided seating for social-distancing.
Designated entry and exit points were also present whilst all attendees had to sign in and sanitise.
Macleay Netball Association publicity officer, Sonya Murphy, said a lot of work went into getting netball back on the courts.
"The day went really well, everyone was great co-operating and following all the COVID safe procedures," she told the Argus.
"It was stressful leading up to the day for the MNA committee and all the clubs making sure we had everything covered.
"Our COVID safety officer, Darlene Haywood, did an amazing job preparing us all and the association for the day and the weeks to come.
"All clubs worked together really well and the day went off without a hitch. I think everyone was a bit anxious to return back to the courts with all the new COVID protocols in place but overall everyone adjusted and enjoyed being back at netball."