Hume league clubs have vowed not to be the next domino to fall as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on local competitions.
The Ovens and King earlier this week joined the growing list of league's who have scrapped their seasons.
However, Hume league club presidents were adamant they did not want to make a premature call of ending the season during a zoom meeting with league officials on Tuesday night.
Three key points were agreed on at the meeting.
- Clubs will provide an adequate return to play training period before commencing finals matches (minimum 1 week)
- October 3 was deemed as the deadline for a grand final considering player welfare, volunteer burnout and summer sport preparation time
- Ongoing uncertainty around community sport restrictions including both the Victorian and ACT border impacts
The best case scenario would be if that regional NSW exited lockdown next Friday.
A finals series would then be able to commence on Saturday, September 18 and enable three weeks of finals.
League vice president Phil Bouffler said the majority of clubs remained positive that a grand final could be staged.
"I guess it's like a hurdle race," Bouffler said.
"It's no use looking too far ahead and you can only jump one hurdle at a time.
"The first hurdle is the lockdown ending and then we go from there.
"There's probably a dozen hurdles to jump but fingers crossed we get out of lockdown next week."