I was really impressed with their never give up attitude ... but that's the cards the league's been dealt and they've done everything they can.- Ben Reid
Collingwood premiership player Ben Reid has led the chorus of players and officials to congratulate the Ovens and Murray Football Netball League on its persistence.
The season was finally cancelled on Thursday after the Victorian and NSW Governments ruled out community sport.
O and M chairperson David Sinclair had spoken with Radio 3AW's Neil Mitchell last Friday, while Member for Benambra Bill Tilley had also lobbied the Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence.
"I was really impressed with their never give up attitude," Wangaratta star Reid declared.
"We certainly wish it wasn't this way and we could have got back to play finals, but that's the cards the league's been dealt and they've done everything they can."
Wangaratta was the hot tip to meet Albury in the grand final after the latter was unbeaten over the league's 13 completed rounds.
And just like Reid, who now takes over as Pies' coach after Dean Stone elected to stand down to allow the move, one of Albury's players was delighted with the league's work behind the scenes.
"Absolutely, I couldn't have been more impressed with how the league's gone about it," midfielder Fletcher Carroll suggested.
"Some of the other leagues (in the area) pulled the pin earlier, but the O and M's given it every chance, they've left no stone unturned and you can't thank the league enough for giving it their best shot."
And Carroll's co-president Dom Star agreed, like a number of other officials at the clubs.
ALSO IN SPORT:
"I certainly commend the league for going this hard."
Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content: