Shepparton News

Another one bites the dust



Murray Football Netball League has cancelled its season, following decisions from the Picola District Football Netball League and Goulburn Valley League on Thursday.

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Shepparton and continued lockdowns in NSW and Victoria meant the season could not be salvaged.

A statement from the league was sent out just after 7.30pm on Thursday to confirm the season would end without a premiershi­p decided.

“The Murray FNL’s number one priority has always been the safety and well-being of our communitie­s,” the statement read.

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

“The Murray FNL executive has made the decision not to award premiershi­p trophies and medals for season 2021. However, minor premiers, best-and-fairest and other individual awards will be recognised at a date to be determined.”

The league thanked sponsors, committees, players, volunteers and supporters for their patience and said every option had been explored to get back onto the field and courts.

“The Murray FNL executive also acknowledg­e the club presidents for their trust and input. The collaborat­ive approach and understand­ing have ensured the Murray FNL remains strong and united in this difficult time,” the league said.

“Take care and stay safe.” It leaves undefeated Tongala as the minor premier in the senior football ranks for 2021 and Nathalia in the A-grade netball competitio­n.

The Blues finished two games ahead of second-placed Cobram, while the Purples lost one game for the season to oust Rumbalara and Deniliquin for top spot.

Moama (B and C-grade, C-reserve), Tongala (17-andunder) and Deniliquin (15 and 13-and-under) were the other netball minor premiers.

Tongala also finished atop the reserves table, while Mulwala (under-17) and Cobram (under14) had stellar junior seasons.

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