Delayed start for footy leagues ‘expected’

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THE Mornington Peninsula Nepean, South East Women’s, Frankston and District Junior, and Mornington Peninsula Junior football leagues face delayed starts to their seasons due to COVID-19 concerns.

AFL South East, which oversees the leagues, issued a statement on 16 March outlining the measures they are taking to prevent the spread of the virus.

“AFLSE will take advice from the AFL and AFL Victoria in relation to preparations for the start of the season. Key operational staff are currently working on different scenarios on how the season may look in the case of an expected delayed commencement to the 2020 season,” the statement read.

“The AFL has set up a national working group which will provide direction and advice for community football. An update from the AFL is expected shortly, we will then be in a position to provide a further update at that stage regarding the conduct of training and matches.

“AFLSE puts the welfare of all participants in our community at the forefront of all we do and will look at all necessary precautions to ensure a safe environment is provided to all participants and spectators.”

Staff at AFL South East have been told to work from home, and face to face meetings and forums have been suspended.

The Frankston Dolphins also face an interrupted year in the VFL. Clubs were told this week that the VFL would be suspended indefinitely.

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