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A chance to continue rebuild for Port

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PORTARLINGTON president Linda Shaw is looking at the silver lining rather than the cloud when it comes to the cancellation of the BFL season.

AFL Barwon pulled the pin on 2020 on Tuesday, with the GFL and Colac and District league joining the GDFL in choosing not to run a formal competition this year.

Shaw said not playing this year will allow coach Pete O’Connor and football boss Geoff Miles to further make their mark on the club before next season begins.

“When these guys came on board, they really hit the ground running,” Shaw said.

“But it was difficult for them to know the ins and outs of the club, and understand the culture and understand some of the elements we were trying to achieve because they weren’t from the club. This will definitely give them a bit more time.

“They now know the inner-workings of the club; they know the strengths and weaknesses of the current playing group that we’ve got.

“And this will allow them to put really good plans and structures in place for 2021.”

Shaw didn’t rule out the Demons being part of a modified season ahead of a board meeting on Tuesday night.

“It was somewhat scheduled around the decision, so we’re going to have a discussion about it tonight.

“Pete and “Joffa” (Miles) will be there, so we’ll get an indication of where they’re at, where the playing group is at, and we’ll make some decisions around that.

“I don’t think we’ll rule anything out for 2020. It’s proved itself as a bit of a unique year, and we’ve got to roll with the punches.”

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