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Robbo welcomes roadmap

St Mary’s co-coach Travis Robertson. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

ST MARY’S co-coach Travis Robertson says direct entry into a preliminary final will offset losing the double-chance under the GFL’s top-six format revealed on Friday.

If the GFL season resumes, the final home-and-away round will be scrapped, and two knockout semi-finals featuring third-placed South Barwon and sixth-placed St Joseph’s, and fourth-placed Bell Park and fifth-placed Geelong West.

The Saints, who finished the home-and-away season on top of the ladder, will play the winner of the semi-final between the Dragons and the Giants.

“I was very impressed with the plan they’ve come up with,” Robertson said.

“It’s flexible; it supports the fact we haven’t played all the rounds – it will be fairly comforting for St Joseph’s.

“The best six sides all get an opportunity, so I think they’ve done a pretty good job.”

Robertson has also welcomed the added bonus of training for more than a week before returning to the field if the season does resume.

“If we have the scenario we had the other week where it was Tuesday we were released (from lockdown), and we had to be ready on a Saturday, that’s not ideal.

“It could be an advantage.”

The extra week could also prove beneficial for excitement machine Paddy Dowling.

He suffered a hamstring injury in the win over Colac on August 14 and would have been racing the clock to be fit for the second semi-final originally scheduled for September 4.

“His recovery’s been good,” Robertson said. “He’s back into running; he should be into change of direction later this week.

“We’d be really comfortable he should be right to go.”