The McDonald's Ballarat FNL today announces the return to play and training for competitions across the BFNL after confirmation of the easing of restrictions.
Following yesterday's announcement that regional Victoria will move to different settings than metro Melbourne, the league has worked to put in place plans that will enable the return of junior football and netball from this weekend, while keeping a watching brief on senior competitions.
WESTERN BULLDOGS UNDER 9’s
With the ongoing popularity of the Western Bulldogs Under 9’s, it is determined to place this competition on hold until further clarity is provided around density limits and the ability of crowds to attend these games on Friday evenings.
Games schedule from this Friday will be paused, with the opportunity available for the fixture to be extended into term three of the school year to maximise participation for the youngest age group in the league.
JUNIOR FOOTBALL & NETBALL
BFLW YOUTH COMPETITIONS (Under 14 - Under 18)
Several protocols will be introduced for clubs and members to abide by from this weekend in line with health advice to allow competition to recommence.
Some of these include:
SENIOR FOOTBALL & NETBALL / BFLWomens OPEN
With the current setting that senior competitions can return to limited training, the league will take a “wait and watch” approach to how the football and netball competitions will return to play.
The Ballarat FNL is in a unique position where there are three clubs within the metro boundaries and therefore have different settings to regional clubs.
Considering the current advice, the following impacts will apply to the senior competition fixtures:
Given the short timeframe for further advice, NO games in any competition will be scheduled for the Queen’s Birthday weekend.
The priority of the BFNL is to ensure that competition can take place in a safe environment that is supportive of members, players, and supporters.