Camperdown Chronicle
Clubs vote against senior football, netball competition

HAMPDEN Football Netball League (HFNL) clubs will not play for a premiership in 2020 after a motion cancelling the season was passed on Wednesday night.

A league meeting between the HFNL executive and its 11 clubs was held virtually, with clubs voting in favour to not conduct senior football and netball premiership seasons due to COVID-19.

Instead, a focus on running junior seasons and a modified format for senior competitions will take precedence if any football or netball is able to be played this year.

A statement issued by the HFNL said due to the “current uncertainty of return to play and competition timelines, it was appropriate to cancel senior home and away seasons for 2020”.

“The HFNL executive and all 11 member clubs remain committed to junior football and netball competitions, should it be permitted under relevant regulations and guidelines from the Government, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria and be safe for all players, umpires, families, club volunteers and officials,”

“They are also committed to exploring modified format initiatives in both senior football and netball in 2020 under the same conditions.”

If the junior seasons get underway, under 18.5, under 16, under 14 and under 12 football and under 17, 16, 15, 14, 13 and 12 netball competitions would be staged.

However, the league said it would not be in a position to provide an update on the likelihood of those competitions running until later this month.