“It was a numb feeling, the feeling of the unknown.” 

This was the sentiment of Hawk Lou Wotton after she was told, alongside her Hawthorn teammates, that the VFLW season was going to be delayed until at least Sunday 31 May. 

It was announced on Monday night that all state-based leagues – including the VFL and VFLW competitions – will be delayed in a response to the current COVID-19 situation.

Hawthorn women’s team was fixtured to commence its season on Sunday 10 May. 

“It’s been delayed until the end of May, but that date isn’t obviously guaranteed, so it’s a really weird feeling,” said Wotton. 

“We knew it was only a matter of time before a decision was going to be made.

 “So, we kind of knew it was coming because of everything else that has been happening within our communities.”

Despite the disappointing news of the delay, Wotton has managed to see the silver lining in the situation. 

“I guess there are some positives to the delay particularly for those who are injured and in rehab and it’ll also be a nice extra break for AFLW players returning to the VFLW.”

Wotton said whether the season goes ahead or not, herself and the rest of the team will be prepared and ready to go if they get the green light. 

“We’re still super keen if the season does continue and we’re still dedicated to keeping ourselves fit while we can’t train with each other,” she said.

“However, at the end of the day it’s football, we all love football, but obviously the health of everyone is the priority above all.”