By Sam Watson

THE Mid Gippsland Football Netball League board and its clubs met last Monday night to discuss the future of the 2021 season.

In the meeting it was decided to abandon the last home and away game, and that Saturday, October 2 would be the last date at which a grand final would be played.

Depending on how quickly they could return, a top four or top six finals series would’ve decided the grand final matchup.

However, the most important detail was the league wouldn’t go ahead without Melbourne players.

If regional Victoria was able to host football and netball matches but Melbourne was still in lockdown, there would be no action in the Mid Gippsland Football Netball League.

With the state government’s decision to extend Melbourne’s lockdown until the population is one-dose 70 per cent vaccinated (predicted to be September 23), it now gives Mid Gippsland minimal time to host a finals series, unless the league decides to go back on its decision to wait until Melbourne players are available.

Also at the meeting, a motion to have senior netball continue without senior football going ahead was defeated.

But they did decide that junior football and netball would go ahead as soon as possible, regardless of restrictions to Melbourne players.