The Central Highlands Football League has officially called off its 2020 season.
Shortly after Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews declared tough new restrictions across the state, league president Doug Hobson confirmed to The Courier that the weekend's round of junior matches would be the last this year.
"We knew this day might come, but we are really happy with the work the clubs have put in and to give juniors sport for a month," Hobson said.
"It was probably the most work we have put in to get a short season going, but probably the most rewarding one for what we were able to achieve. Just to be able to get junior players back into sport and get them to reconnect with their clubs and just get them out of their own space for a while."
Hobson said there would not be an attempt to re-start the season down the track.
In total, four rounds of junior football were played after the season finally got underway on July 11. Earlier, seniors and reserves football and all grades of the Central Highlands Netball League were abandoned without a game being played.
The new restrictions for regional Victoria, which will be implemented from midnight on Wednesday, mean:
- People will only be allowed outdoors to shop for food and essential items, provide care and caregiving, and for exercise, work and study.
- Restaurants, bars, cafes and gyms will have to shut
- Restaurants and cafes can only offer delivery and takeaway
- Beauty shops and those offering personal services, as well as entertainment and cultural venues will need to close
- Community sport will stop
These new restrictions will also spell an end to many other organised sporting competitions such as the Ballarat and District Soccer Association, Basketball Ballarat and the Ballarat Hockey Association.
It's understood golf and tennis will remain acceptable reasons to leave your house during stage three, which will be in place for at least six weeks.