Ellinbank District FNLMedia Release | This communication is to announce the EDFL have called off the 2020 season. This applies to both senior and junior grades. A vote of all clubs was held at a meeting on 24 June and nine clubs decided to abandon the season in accordance with our league statement on 4 June to not proceed if all the restrictions were not removed by the end of the month.

It was a tough decision. It was not made lightly and only made after many hours of discussion with all clubs. The EDFL Board of Management (BOM) very much wanted to proceed with a junior competition and all clubs put forward ideas to meet the restrictions but ultimately most clubs along with the board of management were adamant the health and wellbeing of the community was more important.

EDNA advised at the meeting on 24/6/20 that it will follow the EDFL and also abandon their season across all grades.

Our research also found a shortened season would be a financial liability on both the league and clubs and further feedback from our clubs suggested they may have difficulty managing the social distancing and biosecurity measures.

I’d like to thank all clubs for their co-operation over recent months. I am confident the right decision has been made and it will ensure all clubs and the league be in a stronger position for the 2021 season.

Roger Gwynne – EDFL President