By Sam Watson
LANG Lang Football Club president Chris Brew, who also hosts the ‘Country Footy Prez’ podcast, has put an idea forward as football and netball clubs worry about the future of their seasons.
On his Country Footy Prez Facebook page, Brew pleaded with head of AFL Victoria and former North Melbourne coach Brad Scott to speak to Cricket Victoria about letting the football and netball season extend into October.
Mid-October is typically the start of cricket season in Victoria but as lockdowns continue to put football and netball on hold, Brew is hoping the two bodies can come to an agreement.
“After losing the entire 2020 season and navigating their way in and out of lockdowns during 2021, footy/netball clubs and leagues deserve an opportunity to put a full stop on their season and get a finals series in,” Brew said.
“For sure, we may return to play later in August or September but if we don’t and we know that October is a viable option, then at least clubs and leagues can encourage their players to continue training with the knowledge that we have extra time if needed.
“Cricket clubs and leagues were fortunate enough to get their entire season in last summer, with the exception of a short lockdown in February, so I would hope that the bigger picture could be seen.
“AFL Victoria have the clout to start a conversation such as this, so I’m calling on them to please consider this as an option.
“Please give October football a chance to be a back-up option so that clubs and leagues can plan for it if necessary.”
Most cricketing leagues in Gippsland, including the Leongatha and District Cricket Association, didn’t start until November last year but that resulted in all one-day games.
AFL Victoria and Cricket Victoria are yet to comment on the proposal, but Brew’s post has been shared far and wide across Gippsland.