Back in action this weekend

Stratford will play Lakes Entrance this weekend in the East Gippsland Football-Netball League. File photo

David Braithwaite

SENIOR football and netball will return this weekend.
The Gippsland and East Gippsland leagues will resume their seasons on Saturday, with fixtures adjusted in the lead up to the finals.
The Gippsland League home-and-away season has been reduced to 13 rounds, down from the normal 18.
Ten rounds had been played before the season was paused, with the matches this weekend seeing the 10 clubs finally getting around to playing each side at least once this season. Each club has already played two clubs a second time.
The return to play this Saturday will be under the updated AFL Victoria protocols, with no spectators, attendance limited to the minimum number of people to participate and facilitate the event, and density quotient of one person per four square metres.
The twice-postponed Mental Health Round will be held the first weekend back.
Sale will travel to Wonthaggi this weekend, where the Magpies, in fourth place on the senior football ladder, will play the second-placed Power. The Magpies will then play in Leongatha before hosting Morwell.
Maffra, which can mathematically still make the senior football and A grade netball finals, will host Drouin this weekend, before hosting Bairnsdale and heading to Warragul.
The final round may be adjusted further if crowds are not permitted by then, as some clubs have only played four home matches with crowds so far in 2021.
The finals series will be played out as scheduled, with the qualifying finals being played on August 28 and the grand finals on September 18.
Finals qualifications for football and netball have been adjusted in line with a percentage of matches played for 2021 in that grade. Senior football, junior football and junior netball will be three matches in the grade and senior netball will be four matches in the grade for a player to qualify for finals.
In the East Gippsland Football-Netball League, Stratford and Boisdale-Briagolong will be away from home, taking on Lakes Entrance and Paynesville respectively.
The matches between Stratford and Lakes Entrance will have huge ramifications for the senior football and A grade netball ladders.
Stratford is on top of the football ladder, a win ahead of third-placed Lakes Entrance, while the Seagulls are in fourth on the netball table, just two points ahead of the Swans.
Boisdale-Briagolong is also two points behind Lakes Entrance on the netball ladder. In the football, the Bombers are in second place and will be aiming to boost their percentage against the win less Paynesville.
With the EGFNL season reduced to 11 home-and-away rounds, the Swans and Bombers will be playing at home on August 15 against Paynesville and Lindenow respectively, before the finals begin the following weekend.
Grand final day is scheduled for September 4.
The North Gippsland FNL season will resume August 21 and 22 with week one of finals, with ladder positions taken from after round 11, ensuring each team played each other once. The NGFNL grand finals will be played September 11.