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No vax, no play rule a possibilit­y

- ~ Josh Huntly

Two cross-border football netball league bosses have admitted that no jab, no play measures could be a ‘‘reality’’ at community sport level in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic.

Murray League general manager Dale Norman and Picola District operations manager Shane Railton added their thoughts to that of Heathcote District Football Netball League chairman Peter Cole, who earlier announced his support for vaccine requiremen­ts at the local level.

No framework has been announced by any sport governance bodies about vaccinatio­n policies and Mr Norman noted nothing was set in stone.

He added that it was a matter for AFL Victoria to mandate such policies, forecastin­g the ‘‘reality’’ of community sport in the pandemic.

‘‘I think it’s a matter of reality that if you’re not double-jabbed or if you haven’t been vaccinated, you probably won’t be allowed to play sport,’’ he said.

‘‘But it shouldn’t be up to every individual league or any individual club to make that stance, I think it needs leadership

from the governing body to mandate such a condition.

‘‘At this stage, given that there hasn’t been sufficient (vaccine) supply, it’s hard to mandate anything in terms of vaccinatio­ns, but by next year when everybody’s had their opportunit­y to be vaccinated, I’m certain that if you haven’t had a jab or you haven’t been vaccinated you won’t be allowed to play sport.

‘‘We are fully supportive of that.’’

Mr Railton said his league is also yet to receive any guidance, predicting difficulti­es in enforcemen­t of any policies.

‘‘I think it’s highly likely —

to do anything you’re going to need to do it,’’ he said.

‘‘The policing of it makes it quite difficult. I think it will be much like everything else, it will be the responsibi­lity of the person.

‘‘We’ve got no direction from the AFL or any sporting body to suggest that will be the case.’’

Both leagues confirmed the cancellati­ons of their seasons in late August following ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns.

It was the second season in a row that finals could not be hosted.

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Shane Railton.
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Dale Norman.

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