The 2021 BFNL Senior Football and Netball competition has officially been cancelled.
The BFNL have released the following MEDIA RELEASE:
It is with regret the board of the McDonalds Ballarat FNL have made the tough decision to cancel the 2021 senior competition finals series. This outcome will also apply to BFLW Women’s competition.
The announcement today by government that metro restrictions will next be considered for easing on September 23rd gives a clear timeframe of how the balance of the season could progress.
With the unlikely ability of community sport to return to competition from this date, the earliest a game of football and netball could be conducted would be October 9th, given the need to provide a minimum 14-day period for training. This period would take the date of return beyond the leagues previous latest date of October 2nd .
It is the belief of the board, given the above, certainty should be provided to our many players, volunteers and supporters who have been in a holding pattern as we live through the current COVID affected period.
As a result of the cancellation of senior finals for 2021, the highest ranked clubs will be recognised as “2021 Minor Premiers” in each grade.
The Henderson Medal for the best and fairest senior footballer and Sally McLean Medal for the best and fairest A Grade netballer will be held as an online event on Wednesday 15th September.
The junior competition will be assessed during the week of Monday 6th September when government is expected to make an announcement on regional restrictions.
It is at this point further advice will be provided to clubs on the junior football and netball and BFLW Youth/Girls competitions.
On behalf of the league board, thank you to every player, official and volunteer for their patience and resilience as we tried to get the best possible outcome for the Ballarat FNL and member clubs
END MEDIA RELEASE
We are extremely saddened and disappointed with the news, however fully support the decision made by the BFNL and understand the complexities around the ability to complete the season.
Stay safe Northies and we look forward to seeing you again soon.