Shepparton News

BASL TAKES DIVE

SOCCER LEAGUE CAN’T KEEP ITS FEET AFTER SUFFERING A SEVERE CHALLENGE FROM CORONAVIRU­S

- By LIAM NASH

It’s time to pack the boots up; Bendigo Amateur Soccer League has pulled the pin on this year’s season.

Following in the footsteps of many football leagues across the district, the committee made the difficult call to halt proceeding­s after a meeting on Wednesday night.

“I acknowledg­e the power of work undertaken by clubs, their volunteers and the league staff in realising the amount of games achieved under increasing­ly difficult circumstan­ces,” league president Aaron Shooter said.

“As such, whilst the decision will be disappoint­ing for our members, I would like to focus on the positives and celebrate the amount of football played over another difficult season in our region.”

Championsh­ip titles will be awarded to ladder leaders in each division.

This was determined after a unanimous decision was reached regarding a sufficient amount of games had been played for championsh­ips to be handed out appropriat­ely.

Bendigo-based sides scooped the pool in the senior section, with FC Eaglehawk and Strathdale claiming division one and two titles respective­ly, while the women’s title belonged to La Trobe University.

However, Tatura takes homes the youth championsh­ip under emphatic circumstan­ces having edged Spring Gully by a point to claim the f lag.

Another point agreed upon at the meeting was the decision not to hold a formal presentati­on night.

Although the hosting of the night has become virtually impossible from a logistics perspectiv­e, awards usually featured at the event are likely to be handed out — which spells good news for local sides.

In division one, Tatura’s Cody Sellwood and Shepparton South’s Joel Aitken will share the golden boot award with 15 goals apiece, while the youth division accolade belongs to the Ibises’ Aaron Niglia, who netted 29.

“Having achieved so much under difficult circumstan­ces the idea of celebratin­g the achievemen­ts across the league is deeply valuable to the football community, however, the reality of gathering in significan­t numbers any time in the near future remains not viable,” Shooter said.

“As such we will do our best to find a way to suitably acknowledg­e these achievemen­ts, in a different format.”

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