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COVID-19 update hampers AFL Hunter Central Coast round

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The latest COVID-19 health advice will play havoc with the AFL Hunter Central Coast (AFLHCC) round this weekend.

The men’s matches most affected include Killarney Vale versus Nelson Bay (at Adelaide St Oval), Terrigal Avoca facing Warners Bay (Hylton Moore Oval) and Newcastle City tackling Gosford (Hawkins Oval) on Saturday 26 June, while all women’s clashes are impacted in the Black Diamond Cup.

“Following the recent update provided by the NSW Government, AFL NSW/ACT will distribute an information document shortly on the application of the current Public Health Orders,” AFLHCC community football and competition manager Matt Harris said.

“That includes junior and senior clubs.

“But, at this stage, games on the Central Coast with all Central Coast-based teams and fixtures in the Hunter, with all Hunter-based sides, can proceed as per the current draw.

“Those encounters that feature a Central Coast and a Hunter outfit will be postponed.

“Matches played on the Central Coast are under the current Public Health Orders (full details will be in the AFL communications).

“Players, officials, volunteers and spectators who reside or work within Greater Sydney (including Central Coast) and are attending matches within the Hunter region are required to comply with the mask wearing Health Order, too.”

Harris said AFLHCC appreciated the organisations’ support and patience.

“It is anticipated that some clubs may be impacted by the current restrictions to a point that they are unable to field a team/s,” he stated.

“If this applies to your organisation, it is requested that you notify the league and include in the president or contact from your opposition, as soon as possible and provide a brief summary of the relevant circumstances.

“The Competition Management Committee will then review these conditions to determine an appropriate course of action and send to your club, as well as the opposition’s.”

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