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Keating keen for quick restart

AFL Barwon chair Craig Keating says the local governing body has “a starting point” of Geelong and Bellarine League football and netball resuming on Saturday if Victoria’s COVID-enforced lockdown is lifted later this week.

Community sport and the training that goes with it have been put on hold due to a seven-day “circuit-breaker” that lasts until Thursday, 11:59pm.

Some coaches have raised concerns – both publicly and privately – at the prospect of playing without training in the lead-up.

“From a playing perspective, there’s obviously difficulties in not having trained for the week,” Keating told Bay 93.9’s The Sideline View.

“There’s an ability for people to exercise on their own or with one other person.

“I think it’s important if we want to keep playing the game we need to take every opportunity to play the game when we’re able to, under the direction of the government.”

Keating conceded players will be unable to replicate their club-based training.

“But, it is a one week break, and often in a bye round, clubs won’t train the week before the bye,” he said.

“It’s about management of the participant; making sure they’re well enough and fit enough to be able to participate, and we’ll take all of that into account.

“We don’t want to make too many contingencies. We got caught in that last time where we were meeting daily and making contingencies that happen every day.

“We’ll sit back and assess all the risk and await the (government’s) decision.”

AFL Barwon confirmed that it wouldn’t reschedule Round 7 of the GFL season or Round 9 of the BFL season last week.

Meanwhile, the GDFL, after considering moving Round 8 to the vacant Queen’s Birthday weekend, will move those matches to next week and have scrapped Round 18.

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