Why does it have to be a season. Why can’t kids just play footy games. I mean if kids get to play 3,4,5 games isn’t that better then none. I never said it has to be a season. I think that clubs should be able to play junior football matches. If for some reason the team can’t play that we or for 2 weeks then so be it.I think you/we all of us are possibly thinking about this the wrong way.
As a local footy forum, debating about the science behind kids transmission rates or the aggregate effect of kids interacting at school or a local footy club on the community transmission rates in Victoria compared to adult sport isn't the debate that really matters.
In practice at a league and local football club administration level, the focus should be on what does trying to put on or execute a shortened junior local AFL footy season look like in this overall environment.
For example how likely will it be that clubs will get shut down for cleaning and or isolation of groups of players etc.. and in practice how likely will it be that a tight 9 week season with no buffers will be interrupted often enough to render a competiton meaningless?
If on balance if we thought if it happens 3 times in the next 9 weeks where a team in a competition had to pull out of a round of footy that it would render that competition meaningless then that information might be meaningful in informing whether junior football competitions should run.
Take the Abers Under 14 kid who tested positive yesterday or the rumoured St Bernards kid or Strathmore Kid, if we were playing games this week would the Abers Under 14 team be able to play this week, if the kid played the weekend before does the opposition team they played need to be shut down pending testing because keep in mind there is no recorded footage for clubs to pass onto the DHS to rule out or isolate known contacts so they have to assume all possibly had close contact.
Let's look at the current schools and childcare centre shutdowns as at today, if Horse and Hooksy are right that the statistics will play out similar in junior footy clubs as schools then we can assume that similar numbers of junior football clubs in the EDFL catchment will be shut down at any given time over the next 9 weeks. So based on the below maybe 9 junior local footy clubs will be shut down on a rolling basis which means there will be approx. 9 teams not fielding teams each week across the Junior EDFL competitions?
Just a thought starter.
1 Footscray High School (Kinnear Campus) Kinnear St, Footscray
2 Port Phillip Specialist School Nott St, Port Melbourne
3 Queen of Peace Primary School Everingham Rd, Altona Meadows
4 Maribyrnong College River St, Maribyrnong
5 Al-Taqwa College Sayers Rd, Truganina
6 Aitken Hill Primary School Rhyolite Dr, Craigieburn
7 Ascot Vale Primary School Bank St, Ascot Vale
8 Essendon-Keilor College (Essendon Campus) Buckley St, Essendon
9 St Bernard's College Rosehill Road, Essendon
10 Moreland Primary School Moreland Rd, Coburg
11 Camberwell Grammar Mont Albert Rd, Canterbury
12 Hume Central Secondary College Blair St, Broadmeadows
13 Parkwood Green Primary School Community Hub, Hillside
1 Guardian Childcare and Education Flockhart St, Abbotsford
2 Guardian Childcare and Education Cumberland Rd, Pascoe Vale
3 Gowrie Clare Court Early Learning Centre Court St, Yarraville
I agree a season with a premiership awarded should be shelved. But why can’t kids just play footy games every Saturday/Sunday till September.