Kyabram Free Press

PUSH IS ON TO RESUME FOOTY

- By Gus Underwood

District football and netball league officials were sweating on yesterday's update of coronaviru­s restrictio­ns to see whether their seasons can resume this weekend.

Victorian Premier Andrews announced yesterday the two-week lockdown brought in to stop the spread of a COVID-19 outbreak would be lifted but some restrictio­ns remain in place.

Goulburn Valley League club presidents, netball officials and league officials are due to meet tonight to make a decision on its season in line with the State Government’s latest rulings.

But unless there is a change to the new draw made several weeks ago, the GVL split round designated for this and the following weekend is likely to remain, even if the green light is given for the season to proceed this weekend.

The GVL was adamant initially when the season was halted that two split rounds would remain, even if there were further lockdowns. The first of these split rounds was in a lockdown.

Clubs and coaches are getting frustrated at the lockdowns and one GVL thirds coach is expressing to the league his concerns that the lack of games, particular­ly at junior level, will push participan­ts to other sports and hobbies.

If COVID-19 restrictio­ns are gradually eased, it’s still going to depend on what they entail as to whether the season continues this weekend.

A total Melbourne lockdown would affect most clubs who rely heavily on city-based players to fill their ranks and in many cases determine their chances of being main premiershi­p contenders.

■ Kyabram District League president Fraser Kerrins believes there will be no resumption for his league this weekend.

“I can’t see us playing this weekend but we have plans and options in place which will depend on what the government does with its restrictio­ns as to what we can and will do,’’ Kerrins said.

The KDL pulled off a coup during the first lockdown, rearrangin­g its season to finish on

Friday, September 24, which is a public holiday for the AFL grand final weekend.

■ The Murray League has a really complex situation on its hands as it has teams in Victoria and NSW, with both states having varying protocol restrictio­ns.

But its general manager Dale Norman said his league would not be tampering with the current draw and games missed would not be played on another date.

‘‘We will still have our grand final on September 18 and hopefully we can get three more games in before the finals start,’’ he said.

 ??  ?? Goulburn Valley League clubs and officials meet tonight to determine when the season can resume in light of yesterday’s easing of COVID-19 restrictio­ns. Picture: Bruce Povey.
Goulburn Valley League clubs and officials meet tonight to determine when the season can resume in light of yesterday’s easing of COVID-19 restrictio­ns. Picture: Bruce Povey.

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