LONG-SERVING Redland Football Club Chairman Col Tobiasen says the Board, the coach and the players are doing everything in their collective powers to be ready for a delayed start to the 2020 NEAFL season.

Tobiasen is in his 16th year as President of the Bombers and like the rest of us has never experienced anything like the jolt to the system that has been forced on us by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s been a massive blow,” Tobiasen said.

The football club has been forced to stand down staff in the face of the crisis and like everyone else in the community is operating on “bare bones” with the football world balanced precariously in a state of limbo.

Tobiasen is hopeful that the pending AFL announcement on May 11 would provide a stimulus of positivity around the potential commencement of the 2020 NEAFL season

“I’m sure they’ll be wanting the second-tier competition up and running as soon as possible,” he said.

Tobiasen said he was thankful to the Redland City Council which has continued maintenance at Totally Workwear Park.

“Everything we can do off the field, we are doing as we combat the crisis.”

Tobiasen was grateful to the club’s valuable sponsors, all of whom have been understanding since the outbreak.

The Bombers Operations Manager, Martin King, said little had changed regarding the club’s dialogue with the AFL.

“There are myriad challenges ahead for State League’s, especially the NEAFL, where travel and participating against AFL clubs are unique to the competition.

“Phil and the leadership group are doing a tremendous job in keeping everyone upbeat and engaged.

“Should we be given the opportunity to play in 2020 our group will be physically and mentally prepared to do so.”

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