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GDFL to follow AFL Barwon lead

Action from last year’s GDFL Grand Final between Thomson and Bannockburn. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THE GDFL has confirmed it will fall into line with AFL Barwon and make a call on whether its season goes ahead by mid-June.

AFL Barwon has set its commission meeting on June 9 to make a final decision on senior football.

President Neville Whitley last week said he felt that date was too early and would leave it as late as possible to deliver its verdict.

However, following a meeting of club presidents on Wednesday night, the GDFL’s stance has changed.

“We’ve decided to see what the region’s doing, and we’ll toe the line there,” Whitley said.

“When AFL Barwon come out with their decision, we’ll fall into line with that.

“We think it’s best for the region, and our clubs were quite prepared to abide by that.”

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Whitley said if AFL Barwon chooses to proceed with the GFL and BFL seasons, the GDFL will go back to its clubs before making a final decision.

“We would come back to the clubs and ask them for their thoughts,” he said.

“It really is a club issue, not a (GDFL) executive issue.”

However, when asked if the GDFL would cancel its season if AFL Barwon made the call not to go ahead with its competitions, Whitley replied: “possibly, yes.”

He said some clubs still have concerns about remaining viability without access to traditional income streams.

“Are the canteens and bars allowed to be open?” Whitley said.

“And the commitment from players and older, ageing volunteers”.

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