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From Crisis to Opportunity

From Crisis to Opportunity

Footy Clubs Praised

The SS&A Ovens and Murray Football Netball League has praised the clubs for putting the game before themselves, turning adversity into opportunity, scheduling its first double-header this Saturday.

O&M Chairman David Sinclair says Victorian COVID restrictions has forced the league to innovate, with matches featuring Lavington against Wodonga, followed by Wangaratta and Yarrawonga at Lavington Sportsground.

“With the Victorian lockdown we had to suspend the league for two weeks, with the hope of being able to return on the Queen’s birthday weekend,” David said.

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“Since then it’s been up and down and incredibly challenging as to whether we’d get football up this weekend. We scheduled all our games in NSW, but late last week we believed we weren’t going to be able to get Victorian spectators, but that’s all changed (border bubble re-introduced),” he said.

“We’re now playing a double header which includes six games of football and six games of netball which is a really exciting innovation.”

The recent upgrades to Lavington Sportsground has assisted the League in staging the back-to-back matches.

“We’ve got the facility there with two grounds and three or four sets of change rooms, so there’s the ability to do it, let’s hope it’s successful and supported by Victorian, NSW and Southern Riverina spectators.”

The League chief is appreciative of the flexibility shown by clubs, particularly Wangaratta as their game against Yarrawonga was due to be a home game.

“I can’t thank our clubs enough,” David said.

“They’re all about ensuring we get football and netball back on, and there are some clubs taking more pain than others to put this weekend, so they’re putting the game before themselves.

“That’s what you want to see in times like this, and we’re not sure where it goes after this, but at least we’ll be playing this weekend and hopefully we can get the rest of the season played out,” he said.

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