Updated: Oct 20, 2021
By CHRIS EARL
NORTH Central league officials were to meet yesterday to decide the fate of last weekend’s round of matches.
A decision on postponement or cancellation was left in abeyance a week ago when clubs and board members assessed the implications of COVID lockdown 4.0 introduced last Thursday.
Discussions could extend to this weekend’s round with the extension of lockdown restrictions announced by State Government yesterday.
The Loddon Herald has been told clubs strongly rejected transferring last Saturday’s round - including the Loddon Derby between Wedderburn and Boort - to the football-free Queen’s Birthday weekend.
North Central also has a scheduled mid-season break on July 3.
The decision on last weekend’s round of football and netball will also be observed by North Central Hockey Association, said president Angela Poxon.
Meanwhile, Loddon Valley league confirmed late Friday morning that its matches scheduled for the weekend had been transferred to the long weekend. which had been scheduled as a bye for all clubs - the only week off for the competition.
In a media release from AFL Central Victoria, the league said a special board meeting the previous night had made the decision and in-principle adopted the AFL Victoria COVID Functional Framework.
Under the framework, where an entire round of matches (up to three) is abandoned, no points or percentage are awarded to any team and the season recommences with the next scheduled round.
If between four and six consecutive rounds are abandoned, then the season shall recommence at the next scheduled round following a minimum seven-day training period.
Following the announcement of Lockdown 4.0 restrictions from midnight last Thursday, AFL Central Victoria advised clubs not to train that night.
Meanwhile in the North Central league, a merger of the Wycheproof Narraport and Charlton clubs has been overwhelmingly rejected at a meeting of Blues’ members.
Befor the Charlton meeting, Demons members had given solid backed the merger proposal.