THE spread of coronavirus is leading to a large number of disappointed Bathurst sporting teams, but one which might be feeling the most dejected is the Goldminers men's state league team.
The association, led by captain-coach Matt Chapman, put in hours of hard work recruiting and then training a high quality Goldminers outfit in a bid to not just return to the state league competition but to be a dominant force throughout the season.
Now after all that effort they have to sit around playing the waiting game like many other squads - and who knows how long that might be?
Chapman said it's a bitter pill to swallow after the exciting pre-season the team enjoyed, but he's understanding of the decision.
"At this stage it's postponed, which is disappointing considering we were getting things back on track. A fair bit of effort and work from a number of people went into making this all happened but now it's canned," he said.
"There's people a lot worse off than we are - we're just unable to play sport, that's all - so we'll deal with it and look forward to next year, or whenever it may come back.
"None of us know how long it goes on for but we're good to go as soon as everything's cleared up."
Goldminers came close to getting one game in this season but unfortunately for the team that never eventuated.
"Our first round game in Canberra only got cancelled the night before but it is what it is," Chapman said.
"It was cancelled, the back on, then cancelled again. In the end I was the one who said let's not play with fire, so to speak, and let's cancelled it for now and we can pick things back up when it gets going again.
"For fitness, it's really now up to the individuals at home. We want to abide by all the rules that have been put in place.
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"It's not all over for us. We'll just see it as an extra long holiday."
Lithgow and Orange were unable to field a team in this year's competition due to referee shortages and that ended up being to Bathurst's advantage.
"I picked up two Lithgow players, Michael Cox and Fletcher Swift, who are very handy and will be starters in the team," Chapman said.
"Then we also will have the main guys from Orange last year who would be playing again this season like Zak Simons, Kobe Mansell, Andrew Manios, myself and James Gogala."
Meanwhile an announcement was made on Wednesday that the NSW Country Championships, to be held on the June long weekend, had been cancelled by Basketball NSW.
No decision has been reached yet on the Bathurst Goldminers' remaining rounds of the Western Junior League, and whether the upcoming matches will be cancelled or rescheduled.