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No footy ‘not an option’

Saturday, 13th June, 2020

The AFL Board will make a decision on Monday about this season. The AFL Board will make a decision on Monday about this season.

By Emily Ferguson

The AFL Broken Hill board is preparing for a meeting on Monday with the four local clubs to make a decision about the 2020 season.

AFL BH President Andrew Schmidt said it’s great to see the lifting of playing restrictions from July 1 by the government, but other aspects still needed serious consideration.

Some of the conditions being considered are:

* limited crowds attending games

* being unable to use changerooms and spectator areas

* social distancing

* allocating numbers of people to certain areas.

Other factors include keeping a list of the names and details of all that attend local football, restrictions on the number of people that can attend local football clubs, the cost of insurance and affiliation fees for clubs and the protocols around training and playing.

Monday’s meeting will discuss all these issues and the board will make a decision about a shortened season or a festival in September.

“Either way the board is determined to see football played in some form in Broken Hill this year, this also includes the junior grades,” said Schmidt.

“No football is no option for the board.”

The outcome of the meeting will be detailed in a story in next week’s edition of the BDT.

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