Junior sport resumed on Kangaroo Island on Saturday much to the relief of the Island's young people and their parents.
Recovery and getting back to normal after the bushfires was disrupted by social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
So there was an extra sense of celebration as the kids took to the sporting grounds on Saturday morning.
The Western District 15&Under girls played earlier in the week taking on Parndana on Wednesday evening wearing new uniforms. The Wonks girls ended up winning easily.
Mum Shauna Hammat posted: "We are back in the game, yay! After our club burning and losing everything netball, including our dresses, the girls got back on the court. A huge thank you to the Parndana Sports Club for sharing your club and courts for this season. Much appreciated! Well done to the netball committee, especially Maree Gifford. Thankless hours of dedication on your part!"
On the other side of the Island, Dudley United hosted Parndana on Saturday morning. Dudley president Simon Wheaton said after a slow start, the Dudley Under 12s came out on top. In the Colts, the mercy rule was applied at half time when Dudley led by 16 goals. The teams were mixed up for the second half.
Then after the juniors, Dudley and Parndana seniors took to the oval for a bit of a fun match with Parndana winning by a couple of goals.
"We all really enjoyed it," Wheaton said. "There was a really good family atmosphere."
A great day for the opening game of football on KI sunny but with a cold wind. Only Junior games U12 and Senior Colts will be played this season and a great bunch of excited kids donned their footy jumpers and raced onto the oval to apply their skills and work hard for their team while the sidelines were filled with happy parents glad that sport is finally happening on KI.
Under 12s: The U12 Kingscote boys won the day 7.1 to Wisanger 4.3. Goal kickers for Kingscote were Koby Henderson 2, Kaden Perry 2, Sebastian Wadsworth and Nash Perry.
Best players for Kingscote Ken Ferrenti Tanikawa, Koby Henderson, James Mitchell, Tristan Warren and Kaden Perry
Senior Colts: Wisanger 7.8 def Kingscote 6.4. The game was a good even contest with the Panther boys setting up a lead by five points in the first quarter and kept the pressure on to gradually increase their lead each quarter.
River Berden dominated the centre throw-up with his height and jumping ability and Charlie Baker likewise played a brilliant game also using his height to advantage.
Tiny Thomas Bott played well and with aggression against the bigger Kingscote players.
The Schofield brothers were in all of the action all over the ground. Corelle Wintinna dominated the game for Kingscote and is a player to watch for the future, likewise Xavier Wadsworth was strong for Kingcote and it was a combined team effort from all the players.
Wisanger Goal Kickers, Charlie Baker 3, Dennis Schofield 2, River Berden 2. Best Players Jay Schofield, River Berden, Ryan Turner, Dennis Schofield, Charlie Baker
Kingscote Goal Kickers Korelle Wintinna 2, Caiden Cockshell 2, Xavier Wadsworth 2 . Best Players Korelle Wintinna, Cain Florance, Xavier Wadsworth, Tom Mitchell, Hunter Hurst. - Maggie Patterson
11&Under Netball: How wonderful to be back on the netball court at Wisanger Park. Kingscote started strongly with some pretty impressive goals.
Changes at quarter time saw Wisanger coming back and settle into their positions. The second half saw a good even contest between the two teams with strong defensive skills by both teams.
Accurate shooting by Kingscote saw them come out on top 14-10.