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Saints latest to shut the doors

St Mary’s players ahead of Saturday’s practice match against Aberfeldie. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

REIGNING GFL premier St Mary’s has become the latest local club to close its doors in response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Saints took to social media on Monday afternoon to announce it had cancelled all training, a function at a local hotel, and closed off access to its changerooms, medical rooms and gym “for the time being”

“Our priority is our health, and with the COVID-19 being such an unknown we want to minimise the risk to our St Mary’s community as best we can,” the statement said.

“We have no information at this stage about the impact on the start of the home-and-away season and will be in communication if those fixtures change.”

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The Saints have joined GFL rival Newtown & Chilwell, who it is due to meet in a practice match on March 28, and BFL club Portarlington in limiting access to their home bases and cancelling training.

At GDFL club Bannockburn, a whole club training session to mark the Tigers’ 50th birthday has been cancelled.

Barwon Heads has called off junior football and netball training while it waits for direction from AFL Barwon.

The local governing body is expected to fall into line behind AFL Victoria, which is likely to make a decision in the next 12-24 hours on community football and netball and its immediate future.

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