Pies “disappointed” at 2020 season delay

The Maryborough Football Netball Club is disappointed with the nation-wide pause on community football and netball, but will endeavour to tackle an altered and likely shorter season head on when play resumes.

The Bendigo Football Netball League was one of the first country leagues in the state to fall victim to coronavirus (COVID-19) with all club trainings, events and the season, which was meant to kick off on Good Friday, put on hold immediately.

Initially predicting a hiatus until April 1, the BFNL’s governing body, AFL Central Victoria has since announced that the AFL has recommended May 31 as the earliest return date for local sport.

MFNC president Brendan Roughead said it’s disappointing to get so close to the season launch and for everything to be stopped in its tracks.

“It’s disappointing, the club and the coaches have put a fair amount of effort into recruiting and getting teams ready to play and the players themselves have been working hard to get ready so it’s a bit of a shock to be on the brink of the season and to not be able to play,” he said.

For more on this story see Page 23 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, March 24

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