'We worked so hard last year to get footy back in town.'
Those were the words of a disappointed but understanding Molong RLFC president as Jenny Barrow's coming to terms with the fact that there won't be any rugby league at Dr. Ross Memorial Recreation Ground this winter.
It was the Barrow driving force that saw the men in blue re-enter the Woodbridge Cup in 2019 after a six-year stint on the sidelines and while the outcome of Monday's meeting was upsetting, it's one that Barrow felt coming.
"The longer it dragged on the more we saw it coming," Barrow said.
"We kept thinking that the inevitable was going to happen."
The main talking point for competition president Andrew Pull in the wake of the meeting was the difficulty clubs would have with all the volunteer work that's required to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols and Barrow addressed that factor too, suggesting her clubs simply doesn't have the personnel necessary to keep up with what's needed.
"It's just a small committee and there were a lot of things put in place that we didn't have the manpower for," she said.
"That was one of the main reasons in the end... there were a lot of guidelines that people had to follow and not enough people to do the jobs.
"The fact that no one could train was an issue as well. We didn't want players coming out after only a few weeks training and getting injured."
When the Manildra Rhinos pulled the pin back in April, they spoke about the safety of their elderly committee and that was an issue that Barrow touched on as well.
"No one knows if there's going to be a second wave of the virus and we've got older members at the club," she said. "It really was a regrettable decision but one that we knew was coming."
Not only did the Bulls' committee see the writing on the wall, the players around Molong had come to the same conclusion that the board members had and after watching Group 10 and Group 11 pull the pin, they were resigned to the fact that the Woodbridge Cup was next.
"I got the general consensus from the players that this was coming," she said.
"I thought that they'd want to play no matter what but this has al been something unforeseen and out of our hands."
'There's always next year' is a phrase used so often in sports and Barrow - along with all the Woodbridge Cup sides - have an optimistic outlook on 2021.
"It's all unfortunate but will make for a really good competition next year," she said.
"People will be busting to get back onto the paddock and that will make for a better season." The Castlereagh League and Midwest Cup are the only remaining competitions left in the Central West.
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