Swans season deferred
The Peninsula Swans will not be starting their season with the AFL Hunter Central Coast competition postponed until May 31 due to the coronavirus.
AFL Hunter Central Coast manager Mr Sam Zikman said the board was supportive of AFL Australia's decision and would be complying with all directives across its junior, senior and social competitions.
The postponement includes all training and trial games, events and Auskick activities.
"We understand this decision will impact our football community and we will work closely with all clubs and stakeholders."
Swans club secretary Ms Cherie Cattley said the decision had not come as a surprise.
Ms Cattley said the Swans would be waiting for updates.
"Right now we're in the same position as everyone else."
Ms Cattley said the Swans Committee was not worried about financial implications from the postponement but were concerned about player retention.
"Being a smaller club, player numbers are hugely important.
"If we lose players, we will struggle to field teams," Ms Cattley said.
Press release, 17 Mar 2020
Sam Zikman, Hunter Central Coast AFL
Interview (Dilon Luke), 23 Mar 2020
Cherie Cattley, Peninsula Swans Junior AFL Club