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Return to play plans unveiled

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AFL Barwon has revealed its scenarios for the Geelong and Bellarine League fixtures ahead of a hoped-for return to play in the next fortnight.

The local governing body has put structures in place for a return either this Saturday, June 12, or the following Saturday, June 19.

If the GFL season was to return this week;

  • Round 9 will be played as fixtured.
  • Round 7 matches will not be played.
  • Round 8 will be played in place of Round 18, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 21.

However, some of those matches have been adjusted. The Grovedale-Newtown & Chilwell and South Barwon-Bell Park games have been moved to the opposing venue – Elderslie Reserve and McDonald Reserve – to equalise each club’s number of home matches.

The St Albans-North Shore match-up will be played at Windsor Park to avoid a clash with the first weekend of the GDFL finals at The Gordon TAFE Oval.

There has also been a change of venue for the Round 11 meeting between South Barwon and Leopold and the Round 16 match-up between North Shore and Geelong West, with Leopold Community Bank Oval and West Oval the new hosts to allow for an equal amount of home matches for each club.

If the GFL season was to recommence on June 19;

  • Round 9 will be played in place of Round 17 on Saturday, August 14
  • Round 8 will be played in place of Round 18 on Saturday, August 21, with the same fixture changes as per scenario one for that weekend, Round 11 and Round 16 to take place.

In the BFL, a return to play this weekend would see the season recommence at Round 11 and rounds 9 and 10 not played.

If the competition were to resume the following week, it would return at Round 12.

However, the Round 15 fixture would see Geelong Amateur’s clash with Anglesea changed to Ellimatta Reserve and Queenscliff’s match-up with Modewarre now at Community Bank Oval.

That will allow teams an even amount of home games.

“If there are any further delays to the season, subsequent contingencies would be decided upon with full club consultation, including the possibility of re-fixturing remaining games to make the season as equitable as possible,” AFL Barwon said in a statement.

“Affected clubs would also be offered various opportunities for support, such as the potential to host junior finals.

“We want to assure all members and stakeholders that every effort will continue to be made to maintain the integrity of competitions in a constantly moving situation, whilst also aiming to provide the best possible environment for a return to play.”

The GDFL confirmed last week it hopes to resume on June 19 from Round 8, withs rounds 17 and 18 scrapped.

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