Social distancing, isolation, job losses, financial difficulties, health concerns – in the big picture, a period without rugby league (or any sport) seems insignificant by comparison.
However, we all know that the NRL is an important industry within Australia providing employment directly and indirectly to many thousands of Australians. The majority of those people are now either unemployed or facing significantly reduced incomes.
Just as significantly, the NRL and sport in general provide vital health benefits for the community – both physical and mental. This should not be ignored.
If we are looking at anything up to 4 to 6 months of social distancing measures, then our current situation is only in its early days. Focussing on mental health alone, we are a long way off seeing the worst of what these times could mean.
The Cumberland Throw community is, of course, a community who loves their footy and the Parramatta Eels. We stay connected at the football, and we stay connected talking and debating about the Eels.
Going to the footy, be it weekly, fortnightly or occasionally, is a therapeutic social outlet. We catch up with mates, we have a laugh, we have a yell, we express our frustrations. And then websites like TCT allow us to continue that connectedness, especially for those who can’t get to games.
Right now, it’s important to stay connected.
Which brings us to this post.
In these days when we can’t catch up at the footy, or share opinions withIn our TCT community about the Eels and their matches, we have this platform to maybe make it a little easier for some fellow supporters.
So, if you’re involved in a business which is still trading right now, share that with us. If you’re now looking for work, you can share that too. Perhaps there might be someone in the TCT community who can help.
It might also be worthwhile to tell others how you’re making use of your time at home. Are you wearing out old recordings of footy games? Have you become an exercise fanatic, found the tradie or teacher within? Are you suddenly familiar with your kids names? Are you experimenting with sobriety or with cocktails? The local Liquorland store told me that they had sold $36K of product before 10:30am on Thursday, so I guess that was a sign of people’s plans for the Easter weekend.
The one thing that I’ll share is that a daily walk has become more important for me. It’s not just getting some exercise – because heaven knows I need it – it’s actually the simple act of saying “good morning” as I pass people. It might only be a few people that I cross paths with each morning, but I find a smile and a quick greeting is therapeutic.
I also wanted to extend my best wishes to all of the Eels players and staff. Many are without work and unsure of any return date. Others, like the players are on reduced salaries or getting whatever work they can. And in the case of BA and some of his staff, despite being stood down, it’s still a case of keeping the squad fit, motivated and ready for the premiership re-start.
To those many people involved with the Eels who follow TCT, please know that we are grateful for your work and the rewards that will come when the footy returns.
Finally, a huge thanks to our sponsors, Star Partners Auburn and Narellan, and Easily Green Energy Solutions, for continuing their support of TCT at this time. It’s greatly appreciated.