Mathoura pulls the pin on juniors for 2020

By Brayden May

MATHOURA has cut itself out of any plans to play in a Picola District junior season.

On Wednesday night, the Timbercutters confirmed they would not participate in the proposed eight-week competition after the closure of the NSW-Victoria border.

“As everyone is aware the senior competition was cancelled for 2020. The PDFNL have been pushing to proceed with some sort of junior competition but unfortunately the Mathoura Football Netball Club have decided not to take part in this proposed competition,” president Andrew Pridham said in a statement.

“To all our juniors, their parents and supporters we have made this decision based on the current COVID-19 situation.

“Our number one concern throughout all of this pandemic has been the health and safety of everyone at our club and as we have juniors living on both sides of the border, logistically it would be very difficult to compete at the moment.

“Please know we are still working very hard behind the scenes to continue to improve our club and set up a bigger and better 2021 season.

“We will keep everyone posted about some possible functions later in the year, dependent on restrictions easing.

“We would really like to thank all of our sponsors for their ongoing support as they are the backbone of our club and the partnerships we form with them is invaluable.

“I would also like thank all of the executive committee for their commitment and perseverance in navigating a season like no other.”

Earlier this week, Picola United also confirmed it would not take part in the competition.

“The PUFNC wish to advise members that we will not be participating in the proposed junior competition,” the statement said.

“Our preference was and remains to entertain the possibility of a junior carnival to be held if and when the COVID risks were minimised.

“The PUFNC committee believe a season long competition with a proposed starting date of July 25 presents too many risks to our club and its members.”

Tocumwal will also join the two clubs on the sidelines for the remainder of 2020.

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