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23 July 2020
Organisers of proposed interim Wimmera junior football and netball competitions have abandoned the idea.
AFL Wimmera Mallee area manager Jason Muldoon confirmed the move after extensive discussions with all involved in the proposal.
He informed clubs and officials of the decision today.
He said in his email: “As you may have heard that the region has had some cases of COVID-19 confirmed – With one case being a person involved in one of our clubs.
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“Congratulations to all involved and everyone for adhering to the protocols. The protocols have worked to limit the spread and Department of Health and Human Services has used training logs to contact trace potential cases.
“On the back of lengthy discussions with stakeholders, AFL Wimmera Mallee is unfortunately in a position where the proposed junior structure will have to be cancelled for 2020.
“Please understand that this is not an easy decision, as we look to balance the importance of our young players being active and the safety of everyone in the football community and the wider regional community.
“It has become apparent that to forge ahead with the proposed structure would be putting the players, parents, administrators, volunteers and spectators at risk of catching and transmitting coronavirus within the region.
“Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone who tried so hard to achieve a positive outcome. We understand that not all people will be happy with this decision, but it is a decision that will keep our stakeholders at a lower risk of contracting this virus.
“If you wish to keep training and meeting the required protocols, you can do so at your club’s discretion. I suggest that you wait until next week to recommence training.
“Again, thanks for your understanding and patience through this unprecedented time.
“Stay safe and let’s look after each other by adhering to the State Government requirements.”