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Dogs to open the kennell

Wednesday, 12th August, 2020

North Football Club’s Covid Officer Jay Robins and President Ben Victory are ready for their first weekend of trading since the COVID-19 shutdown. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson North Football Club’s Covid Officer Jay Robins and President Ben Victory are ready for their first weekend of trading since the COVID-19 shutdown. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

The North Broken Hill Football club is opening their doors this weekend for their Bulldog members, and while it’s been a task-and-a-half, they can’t wait to get together.

NFC President Ben Victory said it’s been a long process for the committee to return the club to trading but they can’t wait to be open for dinner and drinks.

“There’s a lot of paperwork and a lot of unknowns as well that we just wanted to see how everything panned out with changing of restrictions and wait until it sort of plateaued,” he said.

“There was a time where the restrictions just changed every week around pubs and clubs so we contacted some of the clubs and got feedback and we thought now was the right time to have a go,” said Victory.

Over the course of the COVID lockdown, the club hosted a few schnitzel nights which allowed the community to order some dinner for either a drive thru pick up or have it delivered.

“It was a way of being connected when we couldn’t be here at the club with no football, so we’re having another one on Friday which we’ll incorporate a dine in of 60 people, and we’ve had 25 book already.”

The club’s COVID Officer, Jay Robins, said the schnitzel nights and now opening the club is a great way to have members interacting whether they either come past the club to pick up or dine in.

“It’s just a way to connect with the committee and other club people, and it’s just good morale wise.”

As for the dine-in side, there are many restrictions and precautions that will be in place.

“Everyone who is involved in the kitchen will social distance and wear gloves and frequently wash hands,” said Victory.

“There’s only one person taking money and contactless payment is preferred

“So it’s the same when serving people at the bar.

“A seating only rule is enforced whether it’s food or not, when you come into the club we take all the details and digitise it so if something happens Health NSW can access it very quickly.

“There’s only one single point of serving at the bar and you have to line up 1.5 metres behind each other with markings on the floor.”

They cannot wait to have members in the club again and have some slight normalcy to that of a regular season.

“It’s going to be a good night on Friday night, everyone is excited and talking about it.

“Overwhelmingly everyone is keen to get back.”

The club will be open on Friday night from 6pm to 10pm for dine in schnitzels and beverages, but pre booking is essential. Their weekly Sunday Sippers is back from 11.30am to 3.30pm from now on. To order a schnitzel head to the North Football Club Facebook Page and send them a message, or comment on the post asking for orders. 

“Pretty much we’ll ask you what kind of schnitzel you want, pick up or delivery and how you’re going to pay,” said Ben. 

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