RDFNL Return to Football and Netball
The RDFNL welcomes today's announcement by the Victorian State Government and the easing of restrictions which now allows community sport for both seniors and juniors in metropolitan Melbourne and well as the announcement allowing crowds of up to 1000 people at regional sporting matches.
The RDFNL Senior Competition will recommence this weekend. Rounds 7 and 8 were lost over the three-week lockdown with the Queen’s Birthday long weekend a Bye across all of the RDFNL Senior Competition. After consultation with the RDFNL Clubs, the RDFNL has decided to re-schedule Rounds 7 and 8 so that no home and away matches will be lost. That means that Round 7 will be played this weekend and the season will recommence in the same order as originally scheduled. There has been a Fixture change for this weekend however, with Melton Centrals originally due to host Macedon, that match has been swapped and now Macedon will host Melton Centrals at Tony Clarke Reserve this Saturday. The Round 15 match has also been swapped and Melton Centrals will now host that match where Macedon were originally going to. Thanks to the Macedon FNC for accommodating this Fixture change at short notice which now enables all four Senior matches this weekend to be held at regional venues which means that these matches can be held with crowds of up to 1000 people.
With the re-scheduling of Rounds 7 and 8, some other changes had to be made to fixture dates and the Finals structure. The RDFNL Finals Series was originally going to be a top 5 Finals Series played over 4 weeks, to accommodate the two weeks lost, the RDFNL GF will be moved back and a week and the Finals changed to a top 4 Finals Series over 3 weeks. This change has enabled the RDFNL to keep an 18 Round home and away season where each Club plays 16 games, 8 home and 8 away playing each team twice.
The RDFNL Junior Competitions will also recommence this weekend with matches to be played on Sunday, June 20th. The RDFNL Junior Competition also lost two rounds of matches over the lockdown with a Bye scheduled over the Queens Birthday long weekend. The RDFNL has decided to alter the Fixture dates for the RDFNL Competition so that no Junior rounds are lost. The RDFNL wanted to ensure that all RDFNL Junior Competitions still had 14 rounds to maximise the number of matches the kids can play. Round 7 will be played this weekend, whilst the weekend of July 4th which was originally a competition Bye will now have matches fixtured and the original Finals Series dates will be pushed back a week so that the top 4 Finals Series over 3 weeks remains for all Competitions. The Under 9 Competition in the Melton Cluster played on Wednesday nights, will return to matches on Wednesday, June 23rd. The RDFNL Junior matches for this Sunday will remain at the same venues at scheduled on SportsTG late last week and the RDFNL will work with the home Clubs on the rules surrounding COVID-Safe Protocols in line with recommendations from AFL Victoria and the State Government.
The RDFNL Club 18’s won’t return to matches this weekend. The Club 18 Competition will return to matches on June 25th with the season recommencing at Round 5.