HDFNL coaches: The right decision was made

By Brayden May

LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER and Lockington Bamawm United’s senior football coaches agree the right decision was made to call off the 2020 Heathcote District League season.

At a meeting on Thursday night, the HDFNL board decided to end any uncertainty surrounding the season immediately calling for it to be abandoned.

While he admitted his disappointment LBU coach Kahl Oliver said he was glad to finally have a decision.

“I honestly thought this was always going to happen,” he said.

“From the beginning, I didn’t think it would be practical to play games without crowds and the board have agreed.

“It certainly means there is a lot less confusion going around.

“The health and safety of everyone at our clubs is far more important than playing a game of footy.”

Leitchy-Gunny mentor Cam van Florestein agreed with the thoughts of his rival coach.

“It is what it is, the entire situation is out of our control,” he said.

“Over the past few weeks it has been hard not being able to train and play footy and we’re all going to miss it this year.

“But we’re all going to stick together and make sure we come back next year.”

Cam Van Florestein (left) with football president Gary Kervin.

While the playing group may not be able to come together at training, van Florestein said social media would play an important role in the coming months.

“We’ve been in regular contact throughout this situation and I don’t want that to change,” he said.

“I’ll put something in our Facebook group today and give the boys some time to process what has happened.

“It’s a challenging situation but I know we can bounce back.”

Before the season was cancelled, many had labelled LBU as the clear premiership favourites after a big recruiting spree.

But Oliver didn’t season the abandoned season as a missed opportunity.

“I think we’ll all stay together and be back for a crack next year,” he said.

“At the moment, it’s all about taking care of each other.

“Hopefully we can all catch up at some social functions later in the year because that mateship is a big part of our playing group.”

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