The AWFA season was less than two weeks out from a restart when the difficult decision was made to cancel it.
While the majority voted against a season, there were clubs that felt they could have done everything possible to safely proceed.
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Myrtleford president and senior coach Matt Park was "extremely disappointed" to hear the news after a power of work had been put in by everyone across the league.
Park feels the restrictions enforced on clubs to return to play could still be in place by the start of next season and everyone will have to take the time to adjust.
"I felt we could have mitigated all the health and safety aspects and do what was needed of us," he added.
Albury Hotspurs president Brad Howard said his club was willing to do all it could to get up and running, but hasn't ruled out teams playing in some capacity in 2020.
"All of our members were looking forward to playing, not just for the love of the game but their own physical and mental health," he said.