The Ovens and King Football Netball League will resume from a three-week hiatus on Saturday, but unlimited crowds are still off the table.
Victorian government restrictive activity directions for community sport has been amended and a maximum venue capacity of patrons at any one time changed and the number of patrons allowed is equal to the minimum number of people necessary to conduct the activity.
Spectators are still limited to parents and guardians required to conduct the activity.
In lieu of all matches and venues operating at full capacity with unlimited crowds and a high influx of patrons, the league has devised an alternate fixture format and allowed for longer breaks between matches.
Bonnie Doon takes on Whorouly, Benalla All Blacks face Milawa, Tarrawingee clashes with King Valley, Goorambat plays North Wangaratta, while Moyhu meets Bright, with a bye for Greta.
Reserves football has been brought ahead to 11.45am, 15 minutes early than normal, with an approximate 45-minute break between it and the start of the senior fixture at 1.45pm to allow patrons not required at the ground time to depart.
Each netball game will be separated by around 35 minutes with under under-15s at 9am, C grade at 10.30am, B reserve at 12pm, B grade at 1.30pm, before A grade matches at 3pm.
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League manager Cam Green said the the intention is to limit the interaction and length of time participants and spectators are required to occupy the playing venue.
"It is acknowledged that this situation is not ideal, but it is imperative to consider the alternative that is no play, no spectators," Green said.
"The alternate model of fixturing for the resumption round of the 2021 OKFNL home and away season allows all clubs, players, volunteers and O and K communities the opportunity to return to playing.
"The OKFNL acknowledge the heartache that several weeks of inactivity may have caused and are anticipating clubs are excited by the prospect of this weekend."
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