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New format squeezes East out

East Geelong will miss the finals under the GDFL’s recently adopted format. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

EAST Geelong is “disappointed” but “totally understanding” despite being squeezed out of the GDFL finals.

The league on Thursday night adopted a scenario where the finals will become a two-week, top-four format if the COVID-19 restrictions are eased enough in September.

That means the fifth-placed Eagles will be watching if action resumes.

“The best way to see an outcome is to reduce the two weeks down to four weeks,” football boss Michael O’Leary said.

“We’ll be disappointed, but we’re accepting of the way forward.”

O’Leary says senior coach Ben Boseley was disappointed at the news, but East is philosophical after suffering four losses by 15 points or less.

“If you happen to win one of them, you’re still in the game,” he said.

“A two-point loss to Bannockburn, a six-point loss to Thomson; you flick a result on one of those, and you’re back in.

“In such a tight competition, you’ve got to win all the games put in front of you.

“Unfortunately, we had a couple of close ones we didn’t win, and that’s ultimately cost us.”

It’s not all bad news for East, with its reserve grade football team sitting second and A and B grade netball both finishing as minor premier.

“We’ve got a lot to keep us interested, even if the finals are for two weeks,” O’Leary said.

“Hopefully, they all get a go, and I think they’re all really good chances to win premierships.

“We’re disappointed for our senior footballers, but we’ve still got a lot of skin in the game for East.”

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