THE local football season has been stalled once again.
But this time it isn’t by what is happening in Victoria, but rather the lockdown applied by the NSW Government as of Saturday afternoon last week.
Under the new rules there are only five reasons to leave home and participating in club sport isn’t one of those.
The Sunraysia Football and Netball League issued a statement late Tuesday morning advising clubs and players that the competition had hit another major hurdle. The Millewa Football and
Netball League and Sunraysia Women’s Football League followed suit mid Tuesday afternoon, announcing the postponement of their season.
Given the stay at home rules in place in NSW, all games for the SFNL scheduled for tomorrow were cancelled, the statement from the SFNL advised.
“NSW State law dictates that no community sport is allowed in NSW, resulting in both Wentworth and Robinvale Euston being severely impacted with a large percentage of their members being NSW residents, unable to travel into Victoria,” it read.
“The league cannot continue with fixturing and condoning members being in breach of the current State laws that are in place.
“It is not only the two NSW member clubs who are impacted, with other clubs also having multiple players residing in NSW.”
The league said they are unable to make an informed decision regarding when play can recommence given the changing circumstances of COVID and restrictions. It also noted the stop-start scenario over the past months has had a negative bearing on both competition and players.
As Mildura Weekly went to press, the SFNL and MFNL were both individually planning on reconvening early next week to reassess the situation once it is known if NSW restrictions will be eased or extended.
The SFNL board have indicated that if football and netball is allowed to resume soon they will enter the finals series immediately, while the MFNL will recommence for the second week of finals.
ABOVE: Douglas Arnold gets a kick away in the clash between Imperials and Merbein last weekend.
ABOVE: Imperials’ Ben Galbraith gets his hands to the football under pressure from Merbein’s Jarrod Buckley. Photos: GLENN MILNE.