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AFLHCC: Weekend fixtures will not proceed, says Harris

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AFL Hunter Central Coast (AFLHCC) will continue to be guided by NSW Public Health Orders (PHO), according to Matt Harris.

But, the community football and competition manager, who guided Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League (Real NRL) though a similar COVID-19 impacted season in 2020, admitted the current state-of-play would affect a number of organisations.

And, already, this weekend’s contests won’t take the field.

“We’ve updated the clubs this morning (30 June) on the latest situation,” he said.

“In regards to round 11 of the senior comp, based on health restrictions, no training or matches are permitted within Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, until the PHO are lifted.

“Consequently, after consultation with AFL NSW/ACT, it is the decision of the HCC board that the senior fixtures scheduled for this weekend (Saturday 3 July) do not proceed.”

In round 10 of the Black Diamond Cup, Killarney Vale’s showdown with Nelson Bay (at Adelaide St Oval), Terrigal Avoca’s clash with Warners Bay (Hylton Moore Oval) and Newcastle City’s outing against Gosford (Hawkins Oval), and all women’s games, were influenced by the present pandemic constraints.

“While the current community sport restrictions only apply to Greater Sydney, teams within the Hunter have been impacted due to the postponement of matches and the ongoing unavailability of players due to the stay-at-home order,” Harris said.

“Further assessment of the total impact on the AFLHCC competitions, including a number of operational considerations, is required to determine the status of COVID-affected encounters, their rescheduling or their abandonment.

“AFL NSW/ACT is liaising regularly with NSW Office of Sport and health experts and anticipate being able to provide a further update to our community football network early next week.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this time.”

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