Today we were informed of the decision by the AFL Barwon Commission that the GFNL Senior Men’s & Reserves Football and Senior Netball premiership seasons will not go ahead in 2020. This decision has been made in line with other local leagues – Colac and District Football & Netball League (CDFNL), Geelong & District Football League (GDFL) Bellarine Football Netball league (BFNL).
Senior Women’s Football, Under 19 Football & Netball and Junior Football and Netball competitions are not included in this decision at present.
We have been advised “AFL Barwon’s intention does remain to return to play, by providing alternative competition models in a modified format for both senior football and netball in the GFNL and BFNL and conducting junior football, junior netball, and Senior Female Football competitions in 2020. It is AFL Barwon’s belief that all players should be given the opportunity to play in some capacity safely if they opt to do so with the support of their club. “
“AFL Barwon will now continue to work closely and collaboratively with AFL Victoria, Netball Victoria and all clubs to manage the associated issues stemming from the cancellation of senior competitions, and will turn its attention to alternative modified models of senior competition and a return to play for junior sport in 2020, provided a return to play date is announced and endorsed by State Government.”
Whilst we are disappointed we know that our sense of community as a club means we will move forward positively.
We will provide further information as it comes to hand. Those teams already training will be guided by their individual coaches and team managers.