SANFL last night announced the postponement of the 2020 Statewide Super Women’s League until May 31, this is also in line with the postponement of the Mens Statewide Super SANFL competition earlier this week.
It was also strongly recommended that all Community Football competitions across South Australia also be postponed until that date.
The Southern Football League and it’s member clubs have unanimously agreed to support this stance.
Just to confirm that this is a POSTPONEMENT of the 2020 Football season and it is still hoped that we will be able to salvage some of this season across all grades after May 31st
in the form of a 9 round shortened competition starting from 20th June 2020 across all grades, of course this will also be subject to further development or recommendations on the COVID-19 situation.
In addition, SANFL has postponed National Pharmacies SANFL Juniors and NAB AFL Auskick until May 31.
The 2020 SANFL U16 Torrens University Cup, which commenced two weeks ago, has also been cancelled.
SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said the health and well-being of fans, players, umpires, officials and communities has been the number one priority throughout this decision-making process.
The Leagues will continue to review these decisions based on the changing circumstances and advice from government and relevant health authorities.
SANFL is continuing to work with all affiliated Community Football leagues to provide ongoing support during this extremely challenging time.
The full committee of the Reynella Football Club met last night to discuss these issues and have agreed to fully support the decisions made by the AFL, SANFL and our Southern Football League.
We are all hopeful that this postponement of the Season until 31 May 2020 will allow us to better understand this COVID-19 virus moving forward.
We will continue to provide updates as they become relevant to you and the club and thank you all for supporting not just the Club but also or Community as a whole by being so understanding.
For those of you that have paid subs already thank you, once we know more about how this season will look we will advise any changes to fees etc.
After discussion at Monday nights SFL meeting re the Covid-19 virus, and a decision by the SANFL to postpone the season until June, it was decided that effective immediately all training and trial matches for all teams (Minis, Juniors, and all seniors teams) would be cancelled until further notice.
The SANFL and SA Community Football League in consultation with the Australian Health Department will provide more information on the future of Football in 2020 for both the SFL and their clubs.
We expect to have more updates in the next 48hrs which we will pass on to you as soon as possible.
While we are all disappointed that the season may be delayed, we all can agree that it is more important that our players, members, supporters, families, and in particular our Elderly and those most at risk are protected from this terrible virus
Coronavirus – COVID-19
Message from SANFL
Enquiries continue to arise with the monitoring of Coronavirus – COVID-19 and how it impacts football clubs and leagues, particularly as the season approaches.
In short, at this point in time, the key message is that there should be a strong focus on basic hygiene and a vigilant approach to potential symptoms to mitigate risk – however, there is no cause for panic.
SANFL will continue to monitor the situation closely and be guided by the Australian Government Department of Health and the advice they release as well as the AFL. SANFL will provide updates regarding any change to the current status, if and when that situation and information arises.
Important Key Messages
To reiterate, the key messaging at this point in time remains as – there is no cause for panic and prevention strategies as we would implement during our regular flu season is key:
- If you feel unwell, stay at home
- Hygiene – regular hand washing and dispose of tissues.
- If you have been to any of the identified countries in the alert over recent weeks, follow the guidelines and recommended isolation protocols issued.
Further Information & Alerts
In summary, SANFL will monitor alerts via the government issued national health alert updates, as should clubs and leagues, and will respond to any direction given to us regarding infection control protocols as they arise.
For more information about protocols and restrictions advised by the Department of Health please follow the SA HEALTH COVID-19 UPDATE
Note from Dept of Health : as of 11am, 12th March 2020 only 126 cases have been confirmed in Australia, 8 of these cases have been identified in South Australia. 116 of the reported cases nationally are directly related to overseas travel or known contact with overseas travellers.
NEW 2020 RFC Merchandise is now available to pre-order. Orders MUST be sent through by Wednesday the 11th of March. Please order now and don’t miss out. The preorder form links are attached below.
Please go to http://www.reynellafc.com.au/store for full details OR in team app go to the Merchandise tab
• RFC Track Pants https://forms.gle/jQRKTqd8w1PUmdu88
• RFC Training Shorts https://forms.gle/kmcKNvegnBahJ5L77
• RFC Replica Guernsey https://forms.gle/swdBYmWBEMXnVTGz5
• RFC Rugby Top https://forms.gle/7dRB4WkWC1w67qqx8
• RFC Warm-up Tops https://forms.gle/baf9PD6uu4rE23HL9
All merchandise will be available at Reynella during senior A-Grade Men home games on Saturday. Merchandise will also be available to order and purchase on some Friday night Minis Training session.