Local sport hit by another lockdown

COMMUNITY sport has again been affected by a state-wide lockdown.

With the state government announcing a seven-day lockdown across Victoria until 11.59pm this Thursday because of the COVID pandemic, all community football matches, training and Auskick will not be permitted to take place in Victoria during this time, as per state government restrictions.

AFL Victoria has established a framework with recommendations for leagues to consider regarding various scenarios for competitions interrupted by COVID.

Independent leagues are ultimately responsible for determining the approach they will take regarding interruptions to their competitions.

AFL Victoria will continue to work closely with the government and will be guided by advice from it and health authorities.

The Gippsland League has announced round seven has been postponed. If suitable times can’t be agreed by all member clubs, the round will be abandoned, with no points awarded.

If the state-wide lockdown ends next Thursday, round eight will be played as scheduled, with no adjustments to the current finals structure or finals qualification.

If round seven can’t be rescheduled, Mental Health Round will be played in round 16 on August 16.

The East Gippsland and North Gippsland FNLs are consulting with clubs on what will happen with last weekend’s scheduled round.

The Latrobe Valley Soccer League will begin the discussion to enact its contingency plans once there is more clarity on the length, extent and restrictions being imposed.

Hockey, baseball, netball and golf are among the local sports which had planned events this weekend.

Greyhound racing meets will continue this weekend, including in Sale on Friday and Sunday.

Only people essential to a meeting going ahead will be allowed on course during the lockdown period.

Racing will return to protocols which were in place until October last year.