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Back to action for Falcons

Geelong Falcons skipper Darcy Moloney (second from right) with vice-captains Renee Tierney, Poppy Schaap and Lucy Were. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

GEELONG Falcons Boys and Girls will both see action in shortened NAB League seasons.

Luke Daffy’s boys will play a six-week season, starting on August 22, with matches against the five other country clubs – Bendigo Pioneers, Dandenong Stingrays, Gippsland Power, GWV Rebels and Murray Bushrangers – before a sixth match on what will be a grand final weekend.

Country’s top club will play Metro’s ladder leader in a premiership decider.

Brendan McCartney’s girls will resume their season that was halted after three rounds on September 5, and three more matches will be played before a finals weekend.

“All levels of the game across the country have been impacted by the health pandemic this year,” AFL Head of Talent Pathways and State League Competitions Tristan Salter said.

“While we would prefer to provide a standard season of NAB League football, this outcome ensures an opportunity for many players to continue their journey in the talent pathway.”

“We know how much these competitions mean to players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans and we look forward to working together to ensuring all clubs return to play in a safe and well-managed environment.”

“We are excited about the return of community and school footy and players are being encouraged to engage in these formats before returning to test themselves in the NAB League competition.”

The matches will afford Falcons players the opportunity to push their case for Vic Country selection, with games to be played before the AFL and AFLW drafts later in the year.

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