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We'll make it happen: LVFL

INGLEWOOD have put out an urgent call for players just a month from from the opening bounce of the 2021 Loddon Valley football season.

Confidence of a fortnight ago that the Mighty Blues would be able to field three football teams has been replaced with an appeal for senior and junior players.

All clubs will be expected to provide details of team numbers when they meet with the league board on Monday.

League president Simon Tuohey said the board was committed to working with clubs to ensure the return to football in 2021.

Tuohey said all options would be on the table, including possible consideration of 16-a-side competitions for reserves and under 18s.

While league by-laws state clubs must field teams in all football and netball grades, Tuohey said: “We will be looking to make this season work for the clubs and for getting participation.”

“We are meeting on the 15th and all clubs will be asked how they are going for numbers,” he said.

“After COVID, there are challenges for everyone and the level of information we get from clubs will be important.

“There has been a lot of discussion at board level already.”

Inglewood president Chris Cohalan told the Loddon Herald last month: “We’re recruiting hard to replace a few players we have lost and are confident we will be there when the season starts,”

However, the Blues last week put out the call for more players.

“Our under 18s football team is approaching the required numbers but could certainly do with more players,” they said.

“The big concern at this stage is our senior football numbers.

“While the coaches and committee have been working hard to shore up our list, we are now at the point where we are in real danger of not being able to field a reserves team.

“This is certainly not a path the club wants to go down, so we are appealing to any player who may be sitting on the fence to commit to the club now so that we can field all teams in 2021.”

The Loddon Valley season starts on April 10.

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