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Viability, cap concerns see local footy called off

Lucas Anderson (middle) flies for a mark in Torquay’s 70-point win over Ocean Grove at McCartney Oval. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

CONCERNS over the viability and management of a cap of 150 people at outdoor venues has resulted in AFL Barwon calling off this weekend’s planned return to competition for Geelong and Bellarine League open age football and netball.

The local governing body had every intention of returning to play for the first time since the weekend of May 22-23 on  Saturday.

However, AFL Barwon says there remains uncertainty around whether the 150-cap included players and officials from both football and netball.

“AFL Barwon maintained any return to play had to be viable for everyone involved, and it is our belief that this is not currently the case for senior male football and senior Netball, nor are current restrictions manageable for a return this weekend, after spending yesterday attempting to seek more clarity around these for clubs,” a statement from AFL Barwon said.

“It is also our belief that the burden and stresses on volunteers to facilitate matches under current restrictions was too much, with patron and facility use limits.

“Other considerations indicated by clubs in feedback also included the difficulty for clubs to raise revenue and the short turnaround between now and the weekend to implement extensive measures.

“Contingencies outlined in our ‘Play On’ return to play roadmap announced this week will now be put into place as outlined.

“We must be prepared for some restrictions to be in place for competitions going forward, and we will work within them accordingly.”

In better news, senior women’s football and under-19 football and netball will be played.

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