FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER
Tuesday 16th June 2020
Coburg FC General Manager Sebastian Spagnuolo has provided the following response to the AFL’s exciting announcement this afternoon that the 2020 Hard Yakka/Totally Workwear VFL Men’s competition will be proceeding.
To our players, coaches, staff, volunteers, members and club sponsors, it’s with extreme excitement that I write to advise you that today, the Coburg Football Club and the VFL competition has been given the green light for a VFL season that will consist of 8 teams, 7 home and away rounds plus finals for the top 4 sides. The Grand Final is scheduled for October 10th 2020.
The round 1 date is 1st August 2020 which gives our players and coaches 8 weeks from now to prepare for the 2020 season.
Since mid-March 2020, all 8 VFL clubs have worked incredibly hard along with the AFL administration staff to create opportunities for the league to go ahead and I’m proud of our club and it’s people that we’ve been able to put ourselves in a position to not only participate but to be ready to compete and succeed.
The 8 participating clubs are: Box Hill, Casey Demons, Frankston, Port Melbourne, Sandringham, Williamstown, Werribee and ourselves.
In any “regular” season, the Box Hill, Casey and Sandringham teams would be complimented by AFL listed players from Hawthorn, Melbourne and St Kilda respectively but for the 2020 season they will in effect be standalone clubs like ours without having access to AFL listed players.
I am extremely pleased that the competition is going ahead for our community, our members and club partners too, without your contributions our great club might not have been in the position to count ourselves in to the 2020 VFL season, so thank you!
From here, we await the announcement of the new 2020 VFL fixture, once we have that we will share it all of our club stakeholders.
The players will return to training on Tuesday 16th June and as per the club statement made on Monday 15thJune, we will be adhering to the Victorian State Government’s restrictions that are currently in place. Full contact training can commence from 13th July 2020.
We also await news from the Victorian State Government and the AFL with regards to return to competition guidelines which will likely include information about whether crowds can attend VFL games.
There will be further updates as those items get finalised but for now, I wanted to share this great news that a 2020 VFL season will proceed and the Coburg Football Club will not only be part of it, but will be looking to make it a successful one for the club.
Carn the Lions!
Coburg Football Club