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No crowd warning for clubs

Smaller crowds may be on the cards when local football returns. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

LOCAL football clubs have been warned to prepare to play in front of no crowds when competition resumes.

In an email sent to clubs and seen by krockfootball.com.au, AFL Barwon has also confirmed it will be adjusting the fixture in the GFL and BFL to ensure clubs play each other once before any finals series commences.

Community Sport remains on hold until at least July 28 in Victoria following the announcement of a one-week extension of the state’s COVID-enforced lockdown.

At this stage, July 31 is the earliest date local competitions could return, subject to whatever restrictions are in place at the time.

“AFL Barwon will be making changes to the current scheduled fixtures for these competitions as a priority, with a
focus for clubs to play against each other at least once,” the statement said.

“AFL Barwon will disclose further information regarding any scenarios once we have an understanding of a return to play date.

“Whilst it is our ambition for a fair season, we must be prepared for the uncertainty of the current COVID-19 situation and its influence on our season.

“Additionally, clubs will need to be prepared to play without or with minimum crowds as we return to play for the remainder of the season.”

The BFL needs one more round of action to ensure every club plays each other once, while the GFL requires three more rounds.

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