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Roadmap remains the same

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AFL Barwon will wait until further announcements from the Victorian Government before making any changes to its Return to Play proposal for the BFL and GFL.

The AFL Barwon commission met for several hours on Monday night to discuss various issues, including the current proposal, which has set an end date of October 3 for both leagues’ grand finals.

“At this point in time, there will be no adjustments to the current return to play proposal,” acting region general manager Sean Atkinson said in a statement.

“Any additional updates or changes to the return to play proposal will be provided after Government announcements later this week.”

On August 27, AFL Barwon released a roadmap that factored in lifting restrictions by September 4, 11, 18 or 25.

With the 4th and 11th now passed, the best hope for resuming under that roadmap is BFL and GFL semi-finals being played this weekend, preliminary finals on September 25-26, and grand finals on October 2-3.

If no play is possible this weekend, in the BFL, first semi-finalists Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove would be eliminated, and second semi-finalists Torquay and Modewarre would meet in the grand final.

In the GFL, the season would be over for semi-finalists South Barwon, Bell Park, Geelong West and St Joseph’s.

Minor premier St Mary’s and second-placed Colac, who were placed into a preliminary final, would meet in the grand final.

However, with the Geelong Cricket Association delaying the start of its season until October 16, the door could be open for AFL Barwon to play beyond October 3.

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