Port Lincoln Football League will not begin this weekend but the SANFL and the league are hopeful for a return for football and netball in 2020.

Leagues across Eyre Peninsula and the state put a hold on beginning their seasons based on advice from the AFL and SANFL to postpone competitions, matches and trainings until May 31 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Port Lincoln was to start on Anzac Day while Great Flinders would have started last weekend.

SANFL Eyre Peninsula operations coordinator Richard Murphy said the situation was being reviewed weekly and the SANFL was supportive of football and netball returning.

“Everyone wants to see football and netball return, but the priority is health and safety,” he said.

“We are optimistic football and netball will be played this season and we’re certainly working and planning towards that.”

Port Lincoln Football League announced on March 18 it intended to start the 2020 season on June 13 with the fixture to be reviewed continuously as more information became available.

Chairperson Faye Davis said it was disappointing that football would not start on Anzac Day in Port Lincoln as it had traditionally done, but it was happy to abide by the the rules and recommendations put in place to ensure public health and wellbeing.

“We need to work together as a community to keep each other safe during this pandemic,” she said.

“Football will take place in the future, exactly when we’re not sure and we will be guided by the experts.”

Article Originally appeared on http://www.portlincolntimes.com.au

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