CONTACT adult sport has been banned across Victoria after the state recorded its biggest ever rise in COVID-19 cases on Friday.
Full-contact training was scheduled to resume on Monday, July 13, with full-contact competition able to be played from July 20.
The new restrictions all but end the hope of a senior Western Victorian Female Football League season going ahead.
The season was scheduled to begin on August 1.
The Ararat Storm were gearing up for an exciting return to the competition.
No official statement cancelling the season has been made by AFL Western Victoria or the WVFFL.
AFL Western Vic have been contacted for comment.
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The new regulations however do not apply to junior sport, leaving the door ajar for junior football-netball competitions.
The WVFFL junior competition is scheduled to begin on August 1.
"In line with the directions of Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton, the difficult but necessary decision has been made to halt the resumption of full-contact training and competition for people aged 19 and over in regional Victoria," the state government statement said.
"This decision will be tough for many regional Victorian clubs and communities and it was not taken lightly - but is essential to slow the spread of coronavirus and save lives."
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