COVID has prevented all sport from being played for the second successive week

Urgent update: No sport this weekend

We certainly weren't prepared for another stoppage, but unfortunately for the second successive week there will be no football or netball in the Great Southern region.

The Great Southern Football League (GSFL) and Great Southern Netball Association had contingency plans well in place after the lockdown was announced on Tuesday, July 20, with the abandoned round 14 matches being rescheduled to round 18 and the season pushed into October.

Now the planned reshuffle has sent the GSFL executive back to the whiteboard and to deal with what to do with another round not being played.

The netball association spokesperson said "the Great Southern Netball Association will be following the Great Southern Football League program".

Options available to the GSFL is to keep with the plan to play the suspended round 14 match in round 18 and have a bye for round 15, replay both rounds in round 17 and round 18 and push the football season out further, or have byes for both rounds that have been impacted by the COVID lockdown and commence with the season as normal.

Great Southern Football League president Terry Corcoran said the League executive will meet promptly and organise a meeting with club delegates to resolve the issue.

"We have to make a decision and unfortunately if games are called a bye it may impact a club's chances of playing finals.

But this is an unusual situation and we have to work out what is best to get the season completed," Terry said.

"If we extend the season by another week in the men's competition we will run into the cricket season.

"There are so many things to consider for the executive."

Before this week was cancelled the League had the season running to October 2 and a proposed bye on September 25 to not clash with the AFL grand final.

This week's games were Strathalbyn v Mount Compass, McLaren v Yankalilla, Victor Harbor v Langhorne Creek, Goolwa/Port Elliot v Myponga/Sellicks and Willunga v Encounter Bay.


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