BATHURST teams across many Central West sporting competitions have seen a host of postponements and cancellations come their way due to new public health orders introduced on Tuesday evening.
The lockdown of the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne local government areas has not only affected sides in those regions but has prevented clubs from Bathurst and surrounding centres from taking part in sports this weekend.
Group 10 was quick to make a call on this weekend's games, announcing on Tuesday night there would be a blanket cancellation on all senior and junior matches.
CSU Mungoes will have to wait a little longer to find out their Mid West Cup grand final opponent after this Saturday's preliminary final between Orange United and Portland Colts was postponed.
All matches in the upcoming AFL Central West round were called off, including the senior men's Bathurst derby between Giants and Bushrangers.
Competition and development co-ordinator for Central West AFL, Casey White, is hopeful at this stage that the competition can resume on the following weekend.
"Due to the Local Government Area lockdowns of Orange, Blayney and Cabonne and the implications it has on the weekend's AFL Central West competition, the round 11 senior and round eight junior matches will not proceed as scheduled," he said.
"Please note the AFL will continue to monitor the NSW Health advice in order to make a determination on next week's matches, but at this stage we are planning to resume the competition with the next round's matches.
"If clubs are significantly affected post the potential lifting of LGA lockdowns, AFL Central West will work with these clubs in isolation to discuss the potential of match ratio ladders and match postponements if required to allow unaffected games to proceed in future weeks.
"Health and safety to all participants is paramount and we're doing what we think is the right and fair decision, which is to cancel the entire round."
Western Premier League has been partially affected by the lockdown, with the Panorama FC versus Barnstoneworth FC game being immediately postponed.
On Wednesday morning it was also announced that the Parkes Cobras and Macquarie United game would have to be postponed, due to Cobras having players living or working in the Cabonne area.
"Of the two Orange sides, one of them [Waratahs] has the bye and Barnstoneworth were playing Panorama, so that's been postponed," Western Premier League manager Peter Mitchell said.
"If the lockdown is extended then we'd need to do some serious looking at it but if it's only these seven days we'll end up getting all our games caught up."
Central West Rugby Union have confirmed that all of this weekend's games have been cancelled.
Premier League Hockey will also be undergoing discussions before they make a call on what to do with this weekend's men's and women's preliminary final matches.
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