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Local clubs prepare for training

CLUBS from the region’s three local football leagues are preparing for a return to training after easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria.

From Wednesday, exercising in groups of 10 will be permitted.

Some clubs have already started making contact with players with their plans, while others are waiting for further guidance on what they can and can’t do from AFL Barwon and the GDFL, who are likely to take their cues from AFL Victoria.

It is understood AFL Victoria will meet tomorrow, however there position is that no sanctioned training take place until further notice.

“AFL Victoria will seek clarity from the State Government around what today’s announcement means for community football and be in contact in due course,” a statement said.

“A number of considerations around health and safety protocols and insurance need to be worked through prior to any training being sanctioned.

“AFL Victoria will provide a return to play protocol for community leagues and clubs once it is approved by the State Government.”

Corio co-coach Darren Bennett says his club is keen to hit the track as it looks to build on a solid pre-season.

“We are looking at four separate groups training at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm Thursday and the same on Friday,” Bennett said. “Hopefully we get some guidance on the season (starting) soon.

“It’s going to be good to get back into it, even if it is in small groups.”

South Barwon hopes to have informal sessions underway this week.

“We’re encouraging those craving more connection to get out and train in groups as early as Wednesday,” coach Dave Farrell said.

“More structured sessions will be announced after a rollout of new restricted training protocols later this week.”

Reigning BFL runner-up Torquay will have something in place once it has more information on guidelines.

“The boys are very keen to train, even if it is in smaller groups,” coach Dom Gleeson said.

St Albans will take a similar approach to the Tigers.

“We wait and see what AFL Barwon says first,” co-coach Chris Carlon said.

“We will continue our usual routine until then.”

Drysdale will wait until next week, with the Hawks having the week off to coincide with what would have been a bye in the BFL and GFL.

“The boys have been smashing it for the past five weeks, so they deserve a rest,” co-coach Luke Matthews said.

However, one coach contacted by K rock Football has questioned what shape training would take while uncertainty surrounds the season getting underway.

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