UPDATE: No play
Updated: Oct 20, 2021
LODDON Valley League this afternoon released a media statement advising no senior matches will be played this weekend.
The statement said:
"The Loddon Valley Football Netball League Board of Management advises after meeting with LVFNL Member Clubs, the Round 8 Season 2021 Competition matches (scheduled for Saturday 12th June 2021) will continue for underage football and netball only. This means Under 18s football, 17&Under, 15&Under, 13&Under and Mini’s netball will play as normal.
No points will be awarded for any Round 8 competition matches in the Senior football and netball grades.
Loddon Valley Football Netball League is about our Community. Without timely and clear direction from the State Government and limited crowd capacities, Clubs deemed it not viable to proceed with Round 8 Senior matches.
Whilst this is disappointing not to proceed with Senior matches for football and netball for a second week in a row, further easing of restrictions next week will hopefully support the resumption of all competitions in the LVFNL."
LODDON Valley league clubs are ready for a quick return to play.
League executive officer Laura Naughton said most clubs were training on the assumption games would be played unless they were told otherwise.
Loddon Valley officials and clubs are this week awaiting an update to State Government directives that have banned senior games for the past fortnight and only allowed training to resume last week. Some clubs reverted to online physical training sessions during lockdown.
If play is allowed over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, the aborted round eight games will be contested.
That round would see Pyramid Hill meet Bridgewater, Bears Lagoon Serpentine against MGYCW. Inglewood up against Marong and Newbridge at home to Calivil United.
The league last Friday announced no points would be awarded for any round nine senior football and netball grades.
Meanwhile, no matches were played in any North Central grades or codes last weekend.
The league’s round seven matches have been moved to June 19 and rounds eight and nine matches removed from the fixture.
North Central has also decided that while Melbourne players are unable to participate due to restrictions in place between Melbourne and regional Victoria, all clubs matches for seniors and reserves will be played for two premiership points not four.
Wedderburn has two senior players resident in Melbourne while Boort has five.
However, some clubs have half or more of their senior list travelling to the region each weekend.