MPNFL 2020 Season Cancellation
FROM THE PRESIDENT
A meeting of all MPNFL Presidents held this morning resolved to cancel the season for men’s football and netball and the women’s league is expected to follow suit when the SEWFL meets on Monday.
This is very disappointing news especially for our players and coaches who have been in training since last October.
The major concern of those clubs who did not wish to proceed was the difficulty in complying with the Covid compliance protocols and the impact on club volunteers. The Clubs will be canvassed next week concerning attitudes towards some sort of modified not for points competition for those Clubs who wish to play on. Our players have expressed the view that they do not want to play other than for points but we will present the options to players for further discussion when they are produced.
Jamie Lisa and Rambo are all conscious of the need to keep the playing groups connected to the Club and will be discussing options with the players next week. When permitted we will have a players and supporters function at the Club to show our support and appreciation for their ongoing commitment.
Our Major Sponsors and Coaches Club members and many of our hard board sponsors have been resolute in their financial support for this season. Another Coaches Club member paid up just yesterday. We will need to get around all our supporters as we plan for next season.
It’s not all doom & gloom though:
1. We rolled out our Penfold Motors Under 17 Academy earlier in the year and the appointment of Steve Morris as our Head Academy coach is a big plus.
2. We’ve taken on 4 new major sponsors this year. Maw Civil, Supra Capital, Penfold Motors and KISS Print Solutions and we are working on further additions to this group.
3. Our planned Coaches Club lunch at Paringa Estate on 8 July will go ahead focusing now on planning for next season and our Academy program.
4. Last year’s major sponsors have all been presented with framed signed Premiership Jumpers in appreciation of their support.
5. Our Reserve infrastructure has never been in better shape. New ground lights, new coaches boxes, women’s portable change rooms and completion of the new Green Shed are all plusses.
6. We are well advanced on the design of the indigenous art work for the light towers as part of our Reconciliation Action Plan Implementation.
7. I’m sure we will be able to call upon or Club Ambassadors Hamish McLachlan and Tamie Fraser to help us plan a mega function later in the year as we face the prospect of two years of expenses with one year’s income.
8. All three groups of coaches have been active in recruiting for this season and are now focused on keeping our players connected to the club.
9. As Susie Dall Largo points out, Red Hill will be the longest reigning premiers in MPNFL Div 2 history!
The Committee will keep everyone informed of developments around the Club.