It’s been four weeks since the NRL returned following the competition being suspended due to COVID-19.
Matches were played in empty stadiums during the first two weeks, while a small number of supporters were allowed back into grounds last weekend.
There is now hope that come July 1, crowds of up to 10,000 people will be allowed in venues to watch their teams play.
One group of supporters that have been looking forward to this are the wives and girlfriends of the players.
Round 25, 2019 was the last time loved ones of the Bulldogs players sat in a venue to cheer them on, but the isolation period has not stopped them from showing their support.
Many have enjoyed nights on the couch watching the footy with their children, dressed in blue and white showing that they are #proudtobeabulldog.
Families of players have had to sacrifice a lot during life in the bubble and at times it’s been challenging, but the club has maintained a strong connection with the players’ families during this COVID-19 period.
Zoom calls and regular check-ups with the wives and girlfriends has been important as they look to join their partners in getting back to normality again following every NRL player and staff member having spent seven weeks inside the code’s strict biosecurity bubble.
Just like the players, families ride the highs and lows and their love and support from afar has not gone unnoticed, but here’s hoping come July they can be sitting in the stands once again cheering on the team.