Murray Netball League cancels junior season

By Andrew Johnston

JUNIOR netball has been dealt another blow, with the Murray League electing to scrap its junior season.

At a meeting on Wednesday night, the league board and club delegates made the decision to cancel the competition, stating it was the only viable decision to ensure long term sustainability.

In a statement, the league said a number of issues had created roadblocks for the competition, however it had not ruled out a smaller local competition later in the season.

“Club delegates cited a several reasons for not pursuing a competition,” the statement read.

“Clubs have had a decrease in interest from their junior players, along with the uncertainty of the number of games, how the competition would run, cost of insurance and border restrictions, resulting in a decision to suspend the 2020 season.

“In such uncertain times and the most recent restrictions, our clubs have made the only decision that could be made.

“We have all made as many possible attempts as we could to host a junior competition but unfortunately these most recent changes have made this just not possible.

“Our clubs will look to hold local competitions later in the year.”

However, no decision has officially been made on a junior football competition for the season.

League general manager Dale Norman said a decision was expected early next week.

“We had initial discussions earlier in the week on what the border restrictions would do to the league,” he said.

“We've agreed to reassess early next week to see if we can play, though we admit it isn't looking likely.”

Though they will be without at least one local club, with Tongala announcing it would not take part in junior football action this year.

“It is with great remorse we wish to advise that we as a club have also declined to participate in any junior football or netball competitions for the 2020 season,” the club announced on Facebook

“it certainly wasn't an easy decision to make but we feel that to conduct our duty of care to the best of our ability it is the right one.”

Deniliquin and Barooga will also not take part if a season is played.