Western Border Football League kick off date pencilled in

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STILL UP IN THE AIR: Western Border Football League president Michael Summers said while the proposed draw for the 2020 season has been released, there were still plenty of questions to be answered in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Picture: THOMAS MILES

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STILL UP IN THE AIR: Western Border Football League president Michael Summers said while the proposed draw for the 2020 season has been released, there were still plenty of questions to be answered in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Picture: THOMAS MILES

THE Western Border Football League has released a proposed draw for the 2020 football/netball season on the back of the competition’s suspension due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The competition was due to start on April 18, but has now been delayed until June 13.

The season will run as a 10-round competition, with the grand final set down for September 12 at Malseed Park.

Interleague competition has been cancelled.

WBFL president Michael Summers said it was a disappointing result, but the league still had the chance for each side to play each other twice.

“We are governed by the SANFL and we were just waiting for them to make a decision,” he said regarding the suspension of the season.

“From a league point of view it is disappointing for the clubs – this is their only chance to make some money.

“We are working with them so they do not have to play much money this season, if any.”

Summers said the league hoped to host interleague in 2021, but would wait for a direction from the SANFL.

“Interleague would have been just before our proposed round one,” he said.

“That had to be cancelled as well so we will be canvassing SANFL to try to host it next year.”

Training for all clubs is a big issue.

All sanctioned training sessions have been postponed until May 31, allowing just two weeks before the season is set to kick off for players to ready themselves.

“We are waiting on a directive from the SANFL as to when they can start training,” Summers said.

“All sanctioned trainings have been suspended, but we cannot really stop 30 blokes going out and having a kick of the footy.

“We are looking for direction about that now.

“Individual programs can be set, but where does it stop.

“They are the sort of questions we are looking to get answers to.”

In the end Summers said at this stage the season will run its course, without stretching into summer, disrupting cricket and other sports.

However, in such a fluid situation, anything could still happen.

“This virus could still be on (in June),” Summers said.

“In the end we might not be playing footy at all.”

2020 WESTERN BORDER FOOTBALL LEAGUE FIXTURE

Round 1, June 13: Millicent v West Gambier; East Gambier v Casterton Sandford; North Gambier v South Gambier.

Round 2, June 20: West Gambier v East Gambier; Casterton Sandford v North Gambier; South Gambier v Millicent.

Round 3, June 27: Millicent v North Gambier; East Gambier v South Gambier; West Gambier v Casterton Sandford.

Round 4, July 4: East Gambier v Millicent; South Gambier v Casterton Sandford; North Gambier v West Gambier.

Round 5, July 11: West Gambier v South Gambier; Casterton Sandford v Millicent; North Gambier v East Gambier.

Round 6, July 18: South Gambier v North Gambier; West Gambier v Millicent; Casterton Sandford v East Gambier.

Round 7, July 25: North Gambier v Casterton Sandford; Millicent v South Gambier; East Gambier v West Gambier.

Round 8, August 1: North Gambier v Millicent; South Gambier v East Gambier; Casterton Sandford v West Gambier.

Round 9, August 8: West Gambier v North Gambier; Casterton Sandford v South Gambier; Millicent v East Gambier.

Round 10, August 15: Millicent v Casterton Sandford; South Gambier v West Gambier; East Gambier v North Gambier.

FINALS

First semi-final, August 22: Millicent.

Second semi-final, August 29: Casterton.

Preliminary final, September 9: South Gambier.

Grand final, September 12: West Gambier.