The season is over.
The Group 10 board made the decision to cancel the 2020 season at Tuesday night's (June 9) league-wide meeting, despite the NSW Government giving the green light to all-age community sports less than 12 hours after the meeting.
While the government's announcement was untimely and frustrating, the eight clubs including Lithgow outfit Workies Wolves, had already made their mind up and were content with their decision.
Wolves club president Anthony Brown said it was a tough decision to make and while it was disappointing for many, clubs could not survive a shortened format.
"There were still a lot of unknowns with COVID-19 restrictions and all Group 10 teams agreed it was for the best," he said.
He said crowd restrictions and the financial side of things played a role in the final decision.
"It could've just been boys playing footy with no crowd still...
"For Group 10 seniors to do that with no canteen, no gate, yeah it would've been a big press to everyone," he said.
Brown also said business houses were struggling including a lot of the club's major sponsors.
"It's not a good thing for us to go out and play sport and ask for money when they're struggling big time," he said.
He said the upside was that Group 10 was still pushing for the junior competition to go ahead.
"This will still give our U18s a chance of playing and also the Lithgow Storm juniors.
"Again, there is a lot of work with this and the COVID-19 restrictions to get this over the line," he said.
There were still a lot of unknowns with COVID-19 restrictions and all Group 10 teams agreed it was for the best.- Anthony Brown
Brown wanted to thank everyone on behalf of the Wolves for their support and commitment.
"We can't wait to work towards an even better 2021 season.
Group 10 CEO Linore Zamparini said the government's announcement wouldn't change the board's decision.
"Clubs have sort of made their mind up and I don't think we'll go backwards from here."
The last three months have been excruciating for Group 10 clubs and changing the decision - or even calling for another meeting - wasn't something Zamparini's considering.
"The clubs were hanging out for a move on next year for a long time," he said.
"They're' happy with the decision and they just want to move forward from here."
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