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GDFL to wait for State advice

GDFL president Neville Whitley. Picture: (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

LONG-serving president Neville Whitley says the GDFL will wait for further state government advice before putting a return to play strategy in place.

AFL Barwon unveiled its roadmap for the senior BFL and GFL seasons on Friday morning, with June 9 earmarked as the latest date for the local governing body to make a call whether there will be senior football in 2020.

“We won’t make a decision (on dates) yet,” Whitley said. “I think June 9 might be a little bit too early.

“But we want to hold fast to see if we can get a season in because I think it’s important for not only the people around the clubs but also the players’ mental health to get them into some sort of structure they’re used to every year.

“We’ll wait until the government puts out their rules and regulations around crowds.

“We won’t go if crowds are not allowed to come to the games; that’s a definite from our clubs. ”

Whitley said if it is safe to play, the clubs will have the final say on whether they do get a start.

“We can start as late as July and still finish early in October if cricket will allow us,” he said.

“It wouldn’t be that much out of kilter if we’re only playing 11 games instead of 18.”

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