As outlined in last week’s edition of the eDrumsheet the club has responded to the advice of governing authorities and the VAFA and physically closed operations for the time being. A Club Executive, comprising the President, the two Vice Presidents, the General Manager and the Football Director, has been established to monitor the evolving pandemic and make recommendations for the General Committee to consider.

The Executive will meet weekly, via telephone hook-up, for the foreseeable future. Information that is relevant for the broader club community will be shared via weekly editions of the eDrumsheet. More urgent information will be disseminated to you via the club website, email and/or SMS. The Executive met on Friday and determined that the following priorities were of primary importance:

  1. The health, safety and wellbeing of our players, coaches, staff and volunteers
  2. Open communications with club members
  3. The financial viability of the club

Donald McDonald (Football Director) is liaising with the Football Department to ensure that our players are aware of medical advice regarding appropriate social distancing and personal hygiene. Donald is ensuring that players are provided with individual training programs to maintain and improve their personal fitness levels.

With respect to the second point, I regretfully inform you that it has come to my attention that a small number of club members have tested positive to COVID-19 over the past week. Our thoughts are with these members as they recover in isolation, in line with the guidelines set out by the Prime Minister and Chief Medical Officer. The Club is receiving regular updates from our club’s sports physician Dr Tim Wood, who we thank for the important role he is playing. I also wish to use this message to endorse the Government’s instructions to eliminate non-essential travel and social gatherings. This has been backed up by the VAFA’s statement today, further postponing the VAFA season to 31 May 2020, aligning with the AFL position.

With respect to the third and final point, the Executive, in collaboration with our Treasurer Graeme Lavelle, is reviewing the club budget against three potential scenarios:

  1. A reduced season commencing after 31 May (the current stated position)
  2. A nine round season commencing later in the year
  3. No football is played in season 2020

In these most uncertain of times I encourage you to follow the Government guidelines which are aiming to give the entire community its best chance of fighting this invisible enemy. Whenever in any doubt, think of the welfare of yourself, family and others.

Tim Shearer
Old Scotch Football Club