Football for season 2021 on the North Coast has now concluded following news that the NSW Government won’t allow community sport to resume until November.
North Coast Football (NCF) had devised a range of plans for finals in both juniors and seniors for the Coffs and Clarence areas should play have been possible.
The plans saw football activity resuming from this weekend and finals being played over the two following weekends.
Today’s government’s announcement means the finals series won’t proceed as the season needed to conclude by the end of September. The lockdown commenced on the afternoon of Saturday, 14 August 2021.
Although there’s no final series and no grand final champion, Premiers have been declared in 28 competitions (link). The premier is the team at the top of the points table after completing regular-season competition matches.
The NCF School Holidays Clinics, scheduled for Coffs and Grafton in late September, are also cancelled.
Community football will resume in April 2022.
Statements by Andrew Woodward, General Manager, North Coast Football
This news is not the end we wanted. It’s a sad day for football. We hoped we could sneak in a finals series and see teams become champions on the pitch.
Whether you’re 12 or 60 plus, every player wants to play in and win a grand final. We can understand the disappointment. We were nearly there. It is a poignant moment.
After a wet start to the year, we enjoyed great weather making the football fast and furious. Now, four teams in 28 different competitions have an enormous sense of unfinished business. I’m sure they’ll hang on to that passion and drive when they return in 2022.