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Time for compromise: Patrick

St Albans co-coach Ben Patrick. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

ST ALBANS co-coach Ben Patrick has urged football and cricket’s governing bodies to find some common ground to allow football to extend into October.

The earliest the local season can commence at this stage is the first weekend of June after the shutdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic until May 31 was announced last month.

But, with the rules on mass gatherings that are likely to still be in place, bouncing the ball on Queen’s Birthday would be optimistic, especially with the AFL’s start to be later than that.

Even starting in early July, with 11 rounds in the GFL and GDFL, and nine rounds in the BFL, plus four weeks of finals, would have all three leagues playing into the first month of the cricket season.

However, an agreement would need to be reached between Cricket Australia and AFL Victoria for that to happen.

“I think both parties really need to work together and come up with a good compromise that satisfies both,” Patrick said.

“I don’t think one can give too much ground to the other, and vice-versa.

“It’s a local sporting community, and we need to work together there.

“It’s probably just a wait-and-see, but, hopefully, everyone can work together.”

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Patrick, who signed a two-year deal with the Supersaints to work alongside Chris Carlon in February, is also preparing for no football to be played in 2020.

“My personal opinion is that we won’t get a season up and going,” he said.

“With the way the restrictions are at the moment, it’s going to be really difficult.

“And then with the season crossing over into cricket, how does that all look?

“We’re definitely planning for a lot of scenarios at the moment; whether that’s this year or the next pre-season, we’ll have to wait-and-see.”

The experienced Patrick also revealed St Albans’ players had been left to their own devices after working through a program in the first few weeks following the announcement of the shutdown.

“Really pleasingly, they’ve all stepped-up themselves,” he said.

“They’re posting their own workouts they’re doing, and they’re challenging each other.

“Who knows how long it’s going to be, but when the time’s right, we’ll get back into some more structured stuff.

“But, it’s just about touching base with them and ensuring they’re all healthy and their (mental) well being’s in the right place.”

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