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Season path in place

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

SPORTING competitions across the Loddon are determined to find a way for their 2021 seasons to reach final play-offs.

North Central Football League president Tim Lockhart said it had already been decided that seven full rounds would constitute a season.

And with eight played since April, he said the league had contingency scenarios that could take the grand final out to the first weekend of October.

Lockhart said there was a mood of resilience in the league’s football, netball and hockey clubs. “Everyone’s frustrated but we all know we can’t control what’s not in our hands,” he said.

At an online meeting on Monday, the league board allocated the first semi-final to Sea Lake, the second semi to Donald with the preliminary final to Charlton, or Boort if Charlton is playing. The grand final will be played at Wycheproof.

“We have a few options, including playing the semi-finals on the same weekend,” Lockhart said.

North Central League earlier this year decided that when restrictions barred Melbourne players travelling to regional areas, games would be for half premiership points.

This week’s meeting adopted additional flexibility if required. The league will consider putting games off up to two weeks to give clubs every opportunity to play with full lists.

Meanwhile, Loddon Valley league president Simon Tuohey remains equally confident that league will play finals in 2021.

Like North Central, Loddon Valley will pick up the season at the round allocated when games can resume.

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