Shepparton News



- By Gus Underwood

Football and netball clubs across the region are playing the waiting game as the future of their seasons remain up in the air.

Goulburn Valley League could make a decision on its season as early as this week, but Kyabram District, Murray and Picola District leagues will not make a decision on the remainder of their seasons until an update on COVID-19 restrictio­ns is announced at a later date.

GVL operations manager Jo Spencer said the board and club presidents met on Monday night via Zoom and several options had been discussed.

Clubs were split on whether the plug should be pulled now on the season immediatel­y.

It was also raised at the meeting that the finals could be extended into October to accommodat­e a finals series if COVID-19 restrictio­ns were eased.

But Spencer said this was not an option as it would encroach on the cricket season.

There was also a suggestion of a compacted finals series if possible.

Meanwhile, KDL officials met via Zoom on Monday night and have put several options to clubs to discuss this week and express their opinions on.

Elsewhere, Murray league general manager Dale Norman said on Monday his league was also in limbo until more was known about the COVID-19 lockdown.

“We have to see what’s happening with the COVID restrictio­ns before we can do anything,” Norman said.

“If we got the go-ahead, I believe we would go into the finals series straight away, but until we get word on what is happening we just have to wait.”

Lastly, the Picola District league is meeting on Tuesday, August 24 to discuss its season’s future.

Like the Murray league, it has clubs straddling the Murray River and under current COVID-19 conditions can’t stage any finals in Victoria or NSW.

“We were also looking at maybe having Victoria teams play a finals series, but that also can’t happen under the current conditions,” league general manger Shane Railton said.

But he said if the season was cancelled, league awards including the Pearce Medal for the league’s bestand-fairest player would be recognised.

“We would be one of the few leagues where every side has played each other once, so awards will stand no matter what happens from now,” Railton said.

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