Yarrawonga Chronicle

League’s season remains fluid - president


The league met on Monday night following a half-hour zoom meeting of club presidents and were to report back yesterday – at the time of the Yarrawonga Chronicle going to print.

Mr Mulquiney spoke prior to the league responding after their meeting. “Whilst the prospects of a continued season is on a knife’s edge the Pigeons remain committed to seeing if the season can be sensibly brought to suitable conclusion,” he told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.

The president’s comments, of course, relate to the coronaviru­s pandemic which now sees nearby Shepparton the centre of regional Victoria’s most concerning COVID-19 outbreak.

“The Yarrawonga Pigeons are continuing to work with the Ovens and Murray board in regarding to the continuati­on of the 2021 season,” Mr Mulquiney said.

“The Pigeons are proud to have five of its seven teams still active and preparing for finals albeit that preparatio­n is very atypical.”

League officials heard the views of clubs who expressed a keenness to have finals played if possible.

Mr Mulquiney believes the 2021 finals may well take a different form to the standard final five the O&M have historical­ly run.

“Further, there is prospect of an extension of the season into the first week of October,” he concluded.

Ovens and Murray league club presidents met last night. The football/netball world just has to wait for what will be announced as soon as possible.

Murray in limbo – general manager

“We are very much in limbo.” That’s the message from Murray Football Netball League General Manager Dale Norman.

“We haven’t met since last week and there won’t be any indication for a week or ten days when we hear more from the Government,” Mr Norman said.

The Ovens and Murray Football Netball League’s 2021 season remains very fluid according to Yarrawonga Football Netball Club President Ross Mulquiney.

Picola season over?

The Picola Football Netball League’s senior operations manager Shane Railton said the conclusion of the season without finals is becoming an option “whereas it wasn’t even considered an option a week ago”.

“We haven’t met with the clubs. There will still be a best and fairest count as we had completed our home and away season,” Mr Railton advised.

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