AFL Hunter Central Coast – COVID-19 Update (Thursday July 23, 2020)

AFL Hunter Central Coast is working closely with Hunter New England Health (HNEH) and the Nelson Bay Marlins regarding an Under 9’s player who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

We ask everyone in our football community to adhere to all local health authority advice regarding the matter, including casual contacts.

Additional information on up to date COVID-19 case location and testing information for NSW, is available via the NSW Health Website –  CLICK HERE


Continued engagement with State and Local government and Health officials:

AFL HCC continues to work closely with State and Local Government and health officials regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and will closely monitor this evolving situation both in Port Stephens and across the region. The league will continue to be guided by State and Local health authorities regarding any necessary adjustments to competition play across the region this weekend.

Further to this, the League has cancelled all fixtures for the next two rounds for the Nelson Bay Marlins Under 9’s.

For more information on the AFL NSW/ACT return to play protocols – CLICK HERE


From Hunter New England Health in relation to the Under 9’s game at Dick Burwell Oval Sunday, July 19:

Hunter New England Health has advised the club that a Nelsons Bay player in an Under 9’s game on the morning of the 19th July has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Due to off-field close contact, the other children in the Nelson Bay team are considered to be close contacts and are required to both go into isolation and to monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the 19th of July. If they develop any symptoms such as fever, respiratory disease (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath) they should present for COVID-19 testing.

The Newcastle City Under 9’s team and on-field officials are considered casual contacts. They do not need to go into isolation unless they develop symptoms of fever or respiratory symptoms. Newcastle City Under 9’s players should monitor for symptoms over the 14 days and immediately present for testing if they develop illness.


The league wishes to thank the Nelson Bay Marlins and Newcastle City Junior clubs for their well-prepared COVID-19 Safety Plan, which have allowed for swift contact tracing to occur.

Further to this the league along with AFL NSW/ACT also wishes to pass on our collective thoughts and wish a speedy recovery to the Nelson Bay Under 9’s player diagnosed with COVID-19.