The AFL Hunter Central Coast's new-look Black Diamond Cup Women's competition has been put on hold.

The AFL Hunter Central Coast’s new-look Black Diamond Cup Women’s competition, which was set to begin its new life as a ten-team league April 4, has been delayed until at least May 31, the regional governing body confirmed on Tuesday night.

The decision to delay the top-flight women’s league, as well as all AFL Hunter Central Coast related activities, including Auskick, comes after the national AFL body released its response to COVID-19, shutting down all community competitions.

The AFLHCC board said they were “supportive of the statement” released by the national body, and confirmed the temporary suspension of all Hunter leagues.

“We understand this decision will impact the community and we will work closely with all clubs during this challenging time. At this stage the league is unsure of the structure of the season, including rounds and finals,” AFLHCC’s official statement read.

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“All the above being said — front of mind for the League and Board as this time is the health and wellbeing of our members, their families, and the wider community. Take care and look after each other.”

As well as the Black Diamond Cup Women’s season proper, a number of other events have also been cancelled. The Women’s Invitational on March 28, and the season launch on March 29, have both been delayed until at least May 31.

The Women’s local representative series, which last year saw Newcastle, Hunter, and Central Coast teams compete for the tri-title, has also been delayed. The AFLHCC women’s rep game against South Coast on May 16 is also suspended.