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Local footy postponed

Leopold and Newtown & Chilwell are due to meet in Round 1 of the GFL season. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ALL community competitions in Victoria have been postponed until at least the end of May in response to the evolving Coronavirus pandemic.

That means the GFL, BFL and GDFL will all make delayed starts to the season, with the GFL at this stage losing six rounds, the BFL and GDFL seven apiece.

With May 31 falling on a Sunday, competition could resume that day.

“Following a series of meetings over the last number of days involving the AFL and all State and Territory CEOs, recommendations have been made in relation to Community football,” a statement said

“Consistent with the decision yesterday in relation to State League football and the national and state talent programs, all AFL and AFL State association managed or operated leagues along with the NAB AFL Auskick Centres programs currently operating or set to begin, will be postponed until 31st May 2020.

“The AFL is also strongly recommending that independently governed junior and senior leagues and associations postpone the commencement and/or operation of their leagues/associations until the same date.

“This decision and recommendation covers AFL community matches, AFL community training sessions and face to face AFL, WAFC and SANFL education courses.

“Given the current climate of uncertainty and complexity, we felt it was best for our AFL community to take decisive action now.

“The recommendation was collectively agreed upon based on the nature of shared public facilities across community football clubs and the health and safety of our volunteer network. ”

AFL Barwon has asked clubs not to hold training, practice matches, large scale events and gatherings at clubs during this time.

“AFL Barwon is currently working through fair and reputable revised fixtures to cater for a shorter season which will be released in due course,” a statement from the local governing body said.

“AFL Barwon staff are also working remotely following set health guidelines to ensure we have a healthy workforce to guide our region through this uncertain period.

“We are part of a game, but we are not the main game. It is paramount that support and engagement across all our region continues during these times. It is vital players, coaches, administrators, supporters, partners, volunteers and children retain close links to their local clubs, Auskick centres and wider network.

“We will continue to work with our clubs, stakeholders and partners to ensure the integrity of the AFL Barwon region and our competitions remains.”

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