Darley’s senior football and netball club has become the first in the Ballarat league to abandon season 2020.
Secretary Lorissa Edwards said the decision was announced this morning (Wed 24 June) after concerns about lack of training, lack of fitness and the spread of COVID19 across teams and workplaces.
“At the moment, the current restrictions end July 13. If all went well and any season went ahead on July 25-26, our players would have just 13-days to train for an entire season,” she said.
“With the current restrictions, you have to train 1.5m apart, 10 at a time and you can only be at the venue for a short period.”
She said Darley’s footballers had managed just four hours of training so far – and the netballers had effectively seen none.
“We honestly didn’t think (the season) could happen and a lot of other BFL clubs are feeling the same way.
“You’d need 11 weeks to play every senior side once – and then finals after that.”
After several delays the Ballarat Football League is expected to make a decision on the season this Friday.
Darley’s senior decision will not affect junior footballers and netballers, who are covered by different health regulations.
“The Devils will be looking forward to a positive 2021,” Ms Edwards said.
“I think the players will be refreshed and really keen after having a long break.
“We’re a really great family club, everyone supports each other – and some people have still bought memberships despite not knowing if there would be a season at all. Our sponsors also been wonderful.”
She said the wider Darley family was staying connected with a weekly live Facebook raffle.
“We have a spinning wheel and we’re taking it to different places over 10-weeks. We have a laugh.
“We’re trying to keep people connected and updated.”
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