Statement: 2021 season cancellation

The UTS Australian Football Club acknowledges the decision by AFL NSW/ACT to cancel the 2021 AFL Sydney season, owing to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

The UTS Australian Football Club acknowledges the decision by AFL NSW/ACT to cancel the 2021 AFL Sydney season, owing to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

While this is a disappointing outcome for our club community, we acknowledge the difficulty of continuing the AFL Sydney season without a clear government ‘return to play’ road map in place.

UTS Bats president Megan Gigacz said the news to cancel the season was unwelcome, but not a surprise given the deterioration in the COVID-19 situation in Greater Sydney.

“While the UTS Bats along with the other AFL Sydney clubs were hopeful of a return to play and working constructively to achieve this, the current COVID-19 outbreak has made it impossible to safely return to play,” she said.

“It is disappointing for the footy community, and I want to thank all of our players, coaches, volunteers and supporters for their support for the club during this period and moving forward to 2022.

“The positives we have achieved during this current outbreak include the green light for the Bat and Ball Oval redevelopment and the extension of Kyle Emley and Miguel Limson’s coaching tenures into next season, as well as commitments from key men’s and women’s players.

“The club is currently working through a number of administrative requirements and financial impacts emerging from the season cancellation and we will have a further update for the club community in the coming weeks.”

You can read the full AFL NSW/ACT statement here

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