GSFL meeting with all six club presidents to decide fate of 2020 Great Southern Football League season

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Denmark Walpole pre game last year.
Camera IconDenmark Walpole pre game last year. Credit: Laurie Benson

A Great Southern Football League meeting next Wednesday appears likely to determine if a 2020 season will be played.

On the back of the WA Football Commission announcement on Monday that community football clubs are allowed to restart training, the GSFL executive will meet with all six clubs next week in the bid to decide if footy is on or off this year.

Two GSFL clubs will resume training next week while the other four will wait until after the meeting to decide when or if they will begin.

A GSFL email to all clubs on Tuesday asked clubs for their responses to a number of key talking points about a 2020 season.

Some of the talking points include, do clubs want a competition in 2020, clubs’ thoughts on playing a season with or without crowds and their financial position.

GSFL president Joe Burton said a 2020 season was starting to look more likely.

“It’s part of the process to get back to playing football,” he said.

“It looks like we will be able to play but under what conditions?”

“If football does start I think it will be without crowds and we still have restrictions we have to follow.

“Even if we get playing without crowds, then we get to September or later in the season and restrictions might ease and we may be allowed crowds.

“Do we take the risk or not?”

“We will take a budget that can assist clubs to the meeting next week.”

WAFC said in their statement that training resuming was a positive step to community football returning in 2020.

Under the conditions Training can resume in groups no bigger than 20, all training is non-contact, footballs are permitted but no other equipment like weights and tackling bags and no access to change or club rooms among other things.

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