HILLS FOOTBALL LEAGUE ANNOUNCEMENT – 17 March 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – HFL 2020 Season Delayed Commencement Date
Please be advised that today the SANFL has made a recommendation to Leagues that all Community Football be postponed until after 31 May 2020.
The Hills Football League Board strongly supports this SANFL direction in the interest of public safety, and will postpone all HFL matches until Saturday, 13 June 2020 (Saturday after June long weekend).
As the COVID-19 situation changes, the HFL will continue to be guided by the direction of the SANFL, AFL, government and public health authorities.
Further details and information will be provided by the HFL to affiliated clubs in due course, including a list of frequently asked questions. This will include specific recommendations on club functions and gatherings in the period ahead of the season commencement in June.
In closing, the HFL supports the SANFL decision which is in the best interests of all players, coaches, umpires, officials, staff and volunteers at the forefront of community sport. We thank you for your continued patience and support through this challenging period.
Hill Football League Inc.
Please refer below SANFL Statement for your information.
SANFL update: SANFLW, SANFL Juniors, AFL Auskick & Community Football – Tuesday, 17 March 2020
SANFL today announced the postponement of the 2020 Statewide Super Women’s League until May 31 and strongly recommended that all Community Football competitions across South Australia also be postponed until that date.
In addition, SANFL has postponed National Pharmacies SANFL Juniors and NAB AFL Auskick until May 31.
The 2020 SANFL U16 Torrens University Cup, which commenced two weeks ago, has been cancelled.
Today’s decision is consistent with the earlier postponement of the men’s Statewide Super League and state talent programs as a measure to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said the health and well-being of fans, players, umpires, officials and communities has been the number one priority throughout this decision-making process.
He said SANFL Club CEOs were supportive of the League’s decision to postpone the Women’s League competition, due to play Round 5 this weekend.
In line with a national decision on Community Football by the AFL, SANFL is strongly recommending that all affiliated leagues in SA cease any play until May 31, including training.
SANFL will continue to review these decisions based on the changing circumstances and advice from government and relevant health authorities.
“The recommendation to all affiliated leagues was collectively agreed upon due to the nature of shared public facilities across community football clubs and the health and safety of football’s volunteer network,” Mr Parkinson said.
SANFL is continuing to work with all affiliated Community Football leagues to provide ongoing support during this extremely challenging time.