State of Play with Victorian Competitions,Update 30th June..
For those who would like to see the detail of the Leagues who have cancelled and those that remain here it is from the Herald Sun today. Some of the information is not 100% accurate but in the most part its pretty accurate.
Just seven community football leagues are holding out hope of a 2020 season.
More than 40 have now officially cancelled their senior competitions for the year after the Victorian government tightened restrictions.
The AFL Outer East, Southern, VAFA and Picola District leagues are the only competitions to have set return to play dates, while three more are yet to announce a decision.
Check out every league’s decision below.
ALBERTON – SEASON CANCELLED
“This decision is not taken lightly, but taken in the interests of all participants for their current and future wellbeing and wish everyone a safe and healthy 2020,” league co-ordinator Lynn Whelan said on the league’s Facebook page.
AFL OUTER EAST – RETURN TO PLAY AUGUST 1
The league has pushed back its return to play target and reduced its season competition to one division for 2020 after Cranbourne and Gembrook-Cockatoo withdrew (from the official season along with 17 other clubs). The clubs set to compete in the truncated season will be announced on July 3.
Berwick and Narre Warren players battle for the ball. Picture: Josie Hayden
BALLARAT – SEASON CANCELLED
Darley withdrew on June 24 and two days later the league followed suit.
BELLARINE – SEASON CANCELLED
AFL Barwon opted to halt all senior football and netball on July 9 across its four leagues.
BENDIGO – TBC
Nothing is off the table as the league explores all avenues to play in 2020, clubs are expected to have the final say.
CENTRAL HIGHLANDS – SEASON CANCELLED
Just five clubs were willing to play on in 2020, essentially forcing the league’s hand. A junior season is expected to go ahead.
CENTRAL MURRAY – SEASON CANCELLED
The Central Murray board officially cancelled its season due to financial reasons and burden on volunteers but will be looking to run a one-off competition in August-September should restrictions continue to ease.
COLAC DISTRICT – SEASON CANCELLED
One of four leagues administered by AFL Barwon that will reset for 2021 after the controlling body decided to cancel all senior football and netball.
EASTERN – SEASON CANCELLED
Along with the Northern Football League, became the first metro league to pull the pin on 2020.
EAST GIPPSLAND – SEASON CANCELLED
The first of the Gippsland leagues to pull the plug after announcing its decision on the league’s Facebook page on June 24.
ELLINBANK – June 30
The league has committed to cancelling the season if restrictions aren’t lifted by the end of the month.
ESSENDON DISTRICT – SEASON CANCELLED
The league waited as long as possible but increased restrictions and operating in some of Melbourne’s worst COVID-19 hot spots made a season impossible.
GEELONG – SEASON CANCELLED
One of the biggest leagues in Victoria will not go ahead in 2020 after AFL Barwon cancelled all senior football and netball in the region.
GEELONG DISTRICT – SEASON CANCELLED
Clubs had voted in favour of calling the season off and that decision was confirmed by AFL Barwon on June 9.
GIPPSLAND – SEASON CANCELLED
After a meeting of league and club representatives, the decision was made to abandon the season to protect clubs’ long-term sustainability.
GOLDEN RIVERS – SEASON CANCELLED
The league has cancelled its season but will look to hold a “COVID Cup” in August and September should restrictions continue to ease to allow community sport.
GOULBURN VALLEY – SEASON CANCELLED
Concerns over club and league financial struggles, burden on volunteers and a lack of crowds saw the league call it quits
HAMPDEN – SEASON CANCELLED
League officials and clubs voted to cancel the senior football and netball seasons due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
HORSHAM DISTRICT – SEASON CANCELLED
League chairman Fred Mellington said the “difficult but necessary” decision was made with support from the clubs after concerns over player availability, financial losses and COVID-19 protocols putting a heavy burden on volunteers.
HEATHCOTE DISTRICT – SEASON CANCELLED
The first league in the state to cancel the 2020 season after a meeting with club presidents.
KOWREE NARACOORTE TATIARA – SEASON CANCELLED
While the South Australian government has OK’d community football, the league made the decision to call off the season due to Victorian club Kaniva Leeor United and issues around state border closures.
KYABRAM DISTRICT – SEASON CANCELLED
The decision was made at a league extraordinary meeting on May 27.
LODDON VALLEY – SEASON CANCELLED
The strain on club volunteers and a lack of information was behind the decision. One which was made just two days before the state government gave community sport the green light.
MALLEE – SEASON CANCELLED
Concerns surrounding state border closures, crowds, use of canteen and bar facilities, player payments, and COVID-19 protocols led the league to reset for 2021.
MARYBOROUGH CASTLEMAINE – SEASON CANCELLED
After being one of the last leagues in the Ballarat region to hold out, the MCDFNL decided to cancel its season due to a lack of clubs willing to compete.
MID GIPPSLAND – SEASON CANCELLED
In the wake of East Gippsland cancelling its season, Mid Gippsland followed suit.
MILLEWA – SEASON CANCELLED
The decision was made after fears clubs would suffer too much financial strain.
MININERA DISTRICT – SEASON CANCELLED
The league joined fellow South-West leagues Warrnambool District in cancelling its season on June 24 after surveying clubs.
MORNINGTON PENINSULA NEPEAN – SEASON CANCELLED
Despite setting a July 25 return to play date, the MPNFL cancelled its season on July 27. Some clubs have reportedly expressed interest in joining the neighbouring Southern league if it plays on.
MURRAY – SEASON CANCELLED
Running a competition across NSW and Victoria, financial issues, burden on volunteers and health and safety protocols means there will be no play in 2020.
NORTH CENTRAL – SEASON CANCELLED
The decision was announced over the weekend and the league joined the Heathcote District as the second AFL Central Victoria league to pull the pin.
NORTH GIPPSLAND – SEASON CANCELLED
Joined the Mid Gippsland and East Gippsland leagues in folding due to growing concerns over public health and safety and club sustainability.
NORTHERN – SEASON CANCELLED
Together with the Eastern Football League, broke away from the metro leagues to call off 2020.
OMEO DISTRICT – TBC
While no call has been made on the season, club Omeo-Benambra has pulled the pin on the season independent of the league’s decision.
OVENS & KING – SEASON CANCELLED
Clubs’ desire to have a final decision made and financial pressure ensured a reset for 2021.
OVENS & MURRAY – SEASON CANCELLED
While playing in NSW was considered, the league abandoned the season in agreement with clubs who were concerned about lack of crowds, burden on volunteers and state border issues.
PICOLA DISTRICT – RETURN TO PLAY JULY 11
The first Victoria league to confirm a return to play date. The PDFNL has asked the Victorian government for special dispensation to allow clubs to contact train and will play Round 1 in NSW, where community sport is allowed.
RIDDELL DISTRICT – TBC
While no date was confirmed in the league’s latest update, it has committed to AFL Victoria’s plan to waiting for more information before making a final decision.
SUNRAYSIA – SEASON CANCELLED
Just days after announcing a return to play date, the league backflipped on its decision after pressure from clubs.
SOUTH WEST DISTRICT – SEASON CANCELLED
One of the first leagues in the state to make the decision not to play in 2020.
SOUTHERN – RETURN TO PLAY JULY 25
Pressing ahead with return to play plans after AFL Victoria revealed crowds would be allowed under strict social distancing rules. Clubs have until July 3 to decide to take part. Highett and Keysborough have pulled out and Tooronga Malvern likely to follow suit tonight.
TALLANGATTA DISTRICT – SEASON CANCELLED
There will be no play in the North-East competition this season after clubs and the league agreed to reset for 2021.
UPPER MURRAY – SEASON CANCELLED
Joined fellow North-East leagues Ovens and Murray and Tallangatta in calling it quits.
VAFA – RETURN TO PLAY JULY 25
The Amateur competition pushed back a final decision to July 6 in the hope of more information on return to contact training and return to play protocols.
WARRNAMBOOL DISTRICT – SEASON CANCELLED
Time run out for the league with too many hurdles to jump to get a season up and running.
VFL/VFLW – RETURN TO PLAY AUGUST 1
The league will be back in action with a shortened seven-game home-and-away season featuring standalone and aligned clubs. The AFLW will only play a three-game “Super Series” with the league’s best players split into four teams.
WEST GIPPSLAND – SEASON CANCELLED
Pulled the pin on July 26 after consulting with clubs. A junior season is expected to go ahead.
WESTERN BORDER – SEASON CANCELLED
While the South Australian government had given community football the go ahead, the league was forced to cancel due to Victorian team Casterton-Sandford not being allowed over the border.
WESTERN REGION – SEASON CANCELLED
Seven-time reigning premier Deer Park pulled the pin on June 19 and the league followed suit on June 22 after clubs expressed concerns over long-term financial viability.
WIMMERA – SEASON CANCELLED
The football and netball seasons were cancelled on Monday night, June 22 due to concerns over a lack of crowds and burden on volunteers. Junior sport is expected to go ahead