The Ararat and District Junior Football Association is remaining hopeful of finishing their season, despite no clear return to play date announced by the Victorian government.
On Friday, the Mininera and District Football league joined the Ballarat, North Central, Hampden and Bendigo football netball leagues in abandoning the rest of their 2021 seasons due to difficulties imposed by COVID-19 restrictions.
ADJFA president Shane Jenkins is determined for the league to finish the season and "get the kids back playing".
"Were prepared to bide our time, if we have to to wait until the end of October to put something together, we're prepared to do that," Jenkins said.
"We have even thought of doing a round robin carnival, just on one day.
"We might just do all the finals on one day if we have to.
"To get the kid back playing, that's the aim."
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According to the Victorian governments easing of restrictions, as of Thursday, September 9, community sport teams are allowed to train outdoors only, with only the minimum possible number of participants attending.
"We still fall under the banner where we are only allowed to train at this stage, fingers crossed were hoping for some more restrictions to ease in the not to distant future hopefully," Jenkins said.
"The kids are back training from tonight actually, one team's training tonight so there back into it as soon as they can."
If the league is unable to resume by November Jenkins said they were considering crowning Bombers Junior Football Club as premiers, as they finished undefeated on top of the ladder.
"Once we start to get into November, we are probably leaving it a bit too late," he said.
"We have even floated the idea of crowning bombers as premiers because they finished on top of the ladder and finished the season undefeated.
"This is if we cant get back and play a finals series, maybe when we do get the all clear we might run that carnival day, so they (players) can have a little bit of closure on the season."
Jenkins said the league had seen an upwards spike in numbers this season, despite the uncertainty of the league restarting after the competition being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
"The main highlight of the year is that we've had an increase in numbers, at the start of the year it looked vey bleak, we hardly had any numbers and we didn't know if we were going to get a season up and running at all," he said.
"We banded together and by word of mouth and social media we put it out there as much as we could, flyers at all the schools and in their newsletters. Before we knew it it we had nearly 90 kids signed up, it was great."
Jenkins lauded the efforts of the Bombers Junior Football Club this season, after struggling in recent years.
"The Bombers have been the standout team, they have gone through the year undefeated, which has been a great effort," he said.
"Over the last four of five years bombers have really struggled, they have probably been the easy beats of the competition for a long time now.
"They have kept their main core group of kids, and those kids are in their top age year now. They have stuck together and are finally reaping the rewards of what they have put in the last four or five years."
The ADJFA had two teams compete in interleague carnivals this year, with both teams going through undefeated.
"We took an under 12 team to the Wimmera-Mallee under-12 football carnival that was held in Dimboola. They played four games and went through undefeated, it was a really good effort from them," he said.
"We also had the Turner-Tuckey Cup that is held annually and that is an under 13s game, it was played in Stawell this year, we managed to hang on and win that game as well.
"We have been really well represented in our interleague games this year."
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