SEVEN-time Border-Walwa premiership player Kevin Hunt believes a combination of factors have forced the Magpies into recess.
Hunt said Border-Walwa no longer had a big enough pool of local players to draw from with the club finding it increasingly difficult to recruit from Albury-Wodonga.
"There's a lot of history there so it's disappointing for everyone," Hunt said.
"It's a proud club.
"Things have got tougher over the years though and it's probably been a battle for 15 or so years now.
"The small farms are no longer there and we used to have three or four dairy farms and that's down to one.
"Walwa Primary School had 70 kids at one stage and I think it's down to seven now.
"The fires were probably the final nail in the coffin.
"You can understand why the volunteers are tired."
Hunt, who played over 300 matches for his home club, played in seven premierships and five losing grand finals during a golden run through the 1990s.