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With yesterday’s announcement of a return to Level 3 restrictions and lockdown, the AFL Outer East commission has made the immensely difficult decision to cancel all football and netball competitions for the 2020 season.
We understand that we will have many disappointed footballers, netballers, coaches, and community following this news. The staff and Commission of AFL Outer East share this disappointment. As a community we are passionate about football, netball, our clubs, and competition, but we face an unprecedented situation, beyond any of our control.
We have a responsibility to our community, our clubs, and our participants to provide clarity in such uncertain times, to prioritise health and safety in our community and to minimise the significant burden and stress on our volunteer network.
Our position has been throughout this process that we would exhaust every avenue to return to football and netball this year, until a return was no longer possible. We feel we have done this, however with no guarantee of a return post lock down, continuing to hold off for a return would be irresponsible on our behalf and unfair on our community.
AFL Outer East would like to thank all its, clubs, volunteers, officials, umpires, players, sponsors, commercial partners and the broader AFL Outer East community for their support and co-operation during these challenging and unprecedented times. We are immensely proud of the way our clubs, community and staff have met this challenge head on. Though disappointed there will be no football or netball in 2020, we shift our focus to returning bigger and better in season 2021.
Please stay safe and we urge all associated with our respective communities to heed the advice and regulations in place by order of the State Government. We all have a role to play in ensuring that our community remains safe and healthy and that we can all return to football and netball in season 2021.
Tony Mitchell (Chair AFL Outer East)
Aaron Bailey (Region General Manager AFL Outer East)
The full statement from the Commission can be found here:
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