Joint Statement – 2020 Competitions Cancelled

10 July 2020

South East Juniors, in conjunction with the Eastern Football Netball League, Essendon
District Football League, Northern Football Netball League and Western Region Football
League wishes to issue a statement regarding the 2020 season.
Following the State Government’s announcement of a return to Stage 3 restrictions in
metropolitan Melbourne for six weeks commencing July 9, the NFNL, EFNL, EDFL, SEJ
and WRFL have collectively decided to cancel all football and netball competitions for the
2020 season.

The common view was shared that cancelling all competitions for the 2020 season was the
only viable decision in the best interest of all clubs, participants, and the wider community.
All leagues and their member clubs have a clear obligation to prioritise the health and safety
of all participants and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a duty to
minimise the burden on all club volunteers during this unprecedented time.

The leagues are committed to working closely with their member clubs, AFL Victoria and
Netball Victoria to manage the associated issues related to the cancellation of all 2020
competitions and working towards a return to play next season.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank all clubs, players, parents, volunteers, officials,
umpires and league partners for their patience, support and understanding throughout these
challenging times.

Please stay safe and we urge all associated with our respective communities to heed the
advice and regulations in place by order of the State Government.
We all have a role to play in ensuring our community remains safe and healthy and that we
can all return to football and netball next season.

All clubs are reminded that club-sanctioned training and events are prohibited.

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