Maryborough Netball Association cancels 2020 winter season

The Maryborough Netball Association has officially cancelled its 2020 season due to coronavirus interference and is the first sporting league in the district to do so. The association made the announcement last week after a committee meeting revealed an overwhelming list of cons versus pros in running the winter season.

The Maryborough Netball Association (MNA) is the first sporting league in the district to pull the pin on season 2020.

One of Maryborough’s oldest sporting competitions made the decision to abandon their winter netball season and start afresh with their much-loved twilight season in the summer.

The choice was made especially hard for the association, which after a decline in winter numbers shifted its traditional Saturday women’s competition to a week day for the first time ever this year in the hopes of generating more interest from players committed to other leagues.

MNA president Sarah Eldridge said while the choice to cancel the season wasn’t easy, it was necessary and has been well received by members who had signed up to play from March 17.

“We are the first sport in our area to make the call, but we just wanted our members to know what was going on sooner rather than later,” she said.

“We were just a few days away from starting when things got really serious and we had to postpone the competition. No one knew at that time what would go on to happen, Netball Victoria initially gave us a return date of May 31, but that obviously wasn’t going to happen as the situation changed.

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