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Queries grow over GDFL season

THREE-quarters of the GDFL’s club have told their league they don’t want to play in 2020, concerned at the financial impact if crowds aren’t allowed and the effect of stringent COVID-19 protocols on already-stretched club volunteers.

krockfootball.com.au understands nine of the 12 clubs voted to cancel the season at last week’s presidents’ meeting.

Following the meeting, GDFL president Neville Whitley revealed his league would wait until AFL Barwon had made a call on the BFL and GFL seasons on June 9 going ahead before making a decision.

Whitley wouldn’t confirm or deny the results of the vote when contacted.

However, multiple sources have confirmed 75 per cent of clubs are not comfortable getting the season underway in the current environment.

Meanwhile, two of metropolitan Melbourne’s strongest competitions have both been cancelled.

The Eastern and Northern leagues confirmed their decision not to go ahead in 2020 on Tuesday.

“Both the EFNL and NFNL believe that cancelling their competitions is the only viable decision that will ensure the long-term sustainability of their clubs and the leagues,” a joint statement read.

“(The leagues) are both committed to working closely with AFL Victoria … and will now begin working with clubs towards a return to the field in 2021.”

They become the sixth leagues to cancel their seasons, joining Heathcote District, Kyabram and District, South West District and Millewa.

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