Great Flinders football and netball cancelled

PLAY: Tumby Bay's Stacey Curtis catches the ball in an A grade match against United Yeelanna last season. Photo: Meryl Weetra
PLAY: Tumby Bay's Stacey Curtis catches the ball in an A grade match against United Yeelanna last season. Photo: Meryl Weetra

There will be no Great Flinders football or netball season in 2020 following a joint decision to cancel their respective competitions.

Great Flinders Football League and Great Flinders Netball Association made a joint announcement following a meeting on Tuesday evening.

The two leagues had been in discussion with their clubs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and had weighed up all factors that would be needed for a season to take place.

Ultimately this decision was made by the players and members of the netball community.

Amii Warner

This included any potential risk to health and safety, increased work for volunteers, and the prospect of no spectators and the financial impact that would have.

Netball association president Amii Warner said the safety of everyone involved was the biggest concern, as well as the financial impact on clubs.

She said people across the association were surveyed with only a small amount supportive of a season taking place.

"Ultimately this decision was made by the players and members of the netball community," she said.

The football league also surveyed the clubs about what decision should be made.

League president Grant Beard said it was a hard decision to make but the league ultimately went along with what the clubs thought was best.

The leagues will investigate options for senior and/or junior carnivals to be played later in the year, depending on what the situation is with COVID-19.

This follows the decision made by Port Lincoln Netball Association who had decided at the weekend to cancel its 2020 season.

Port Lincoln Football League teams returned to training from Monday under restrictions, however are yet to announce a return to competition this season.