We would like to acknowledge the hard work our club administrators, coaches, trainers and other volunteers have put into keeping the hopes of our football and netball seasons alive. We also know the amount of effort that players have made in staying fit and motivated for a possible return to play.
Unfortunately the roadmap outlined by the State Government today does not allow for a completion of competitions this season.
Please support each other whilst navigating this disappointment and reach out for a chat with teammates and coaches if you need.
The following advice was received from AFL Barwon:
CANCELLATION OF REMAINING 2021 WINTER COMPETITIONS
SEPTEMBER 19, 2021
Following today’s announcement of the Victorian Government’s new Roadmap to deliver the National Plan, we can confirm all remaining winter football and netball competitions governed by AFL Barwon have been cancelled for season 2021.
The Victorian Government’s Roadmap outlines that community sport will return to competition once 80% of Regional Victoria, 16 years and older are fully vaccinated with the indicative date of 5 November 2021. This timeline does not allow for competitions to be concluded.
Whilst it is disappointing that competitions couldn’t be finished for season 2021, we have always been guided by the Government’s health advise. The health and safety of our members is always and will continue to be our number one priority.
There has been no decision made on whether recognition is awarded to top ranked sides, this decision will be made by the AFL Barwon Commission in the coming weeks.
We thank all our AFL Barwon partners, players, officials, volunteers, and supporters for their continued support throughout the 2021 season and look forward to having everyone back for a bigger and better season 2022.
Quotes Acting Region General Manager Sean Atkinson
“It is disappointing that we couldn’t finish what we started in 2021 after all the work put in by the clubs this season. It has been a challenging year for all the club volunteers who need to be commended for their tireless work to allow participants to play football and netball.”
“The AFL Barwon Commission has endeavoured to keep the season going to try get a conclusion, however the decision was eventually made by the Victorian Government and the Chief Health Officer.”
“I am extremely proud of the AFL Barwon staff for their excellent commitment and hard work throughout a difficult time for our community”.
List of cancelled competitions
• All Geelong Football Netball League Competitions
• All Bellarine Football Netball League Competitions
• All Colac & District Football Netball League Competitions
• All Senior and Junior Female Football Competitions
• All AFL Barwon Under 19 Football Competitions
• All AFL Barwon Junior Football Competitions
• All AFL Barwon Junior Netball Competitions