Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Murray decides

- By LAURA GREEN

The Murray Football Netball League season has officially been cancelled.

The decision was made Thursday evening, just hours after league general manager Dale Norman told the PASTORAL TIMES that meetings between clubs would be held ‘‘in due course’’.

The season came to end end before round 18 could be played, which had been on hold for three weeks already after NSW was plunged in to lockdown.

Regional Victoria was also sent in to lockdown after a growing cluster of COVID19 in Shepparton broke out in mid-August, making the cross border league impossible to complete.

And with regional NSW lockdown extended until at least September 10 last week, as COVID continues to spread in some areas of NSW, there was no escaping the cancellati­on.

‘‘The Murray FNL’s number one priority has always been the safety and wellbeing of our communitie­s,’’ the league said in a statement.

‘‘Our clubs rely on these communitie­s for supporters, players, umpires, officials and volunteers.’’

The league executive decided not to award premiershi­p trophies and medals for the season, however ‘minor premiers’ and other awards such as Best and Fairest will be recognised at a later date.

Tongala finished at the top of the seniors football ladder, and Nathalia topped the A grade netball ladder.

The only Deniliquin teams to finish at the top of the ladder were the Under 15s and Under 13s netballers.

The league thanked all involved for their patience, and club presidents for their ‘‘trust and input’’ as the league was forced to cancel and postpone rounds throughout the season.

‘‘The collaborat­ive approach and understand­ing have ensured the Murray FNL remains strong and united in this difficult time,’’ it said.

The Picola and District Football Netball League announced on Wednesday it would cancel its premiershi­p after ending the season on round 16.

‘‘After an extremely difficult season where every reasonable effort has been exhausted the decision has been made to provide closure,’’ the PDFNL said on Wednesday evening.

It will also hold Best and Fairest awards at a later date.

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