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Early October Start Looks Unlikely For Murray Valley Cricket

The Murray Valley Cricket Association will hold their Annual General Meeting tonight in a bid to uncover what the upcoming season will look like.

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With Cobram, Cobram-Yarroweyah United, Katunga, Katamatite, Nathalia and Strathmerton (in recess) on the Victorian 'side' of MVCA sides, and with Deniliquin, Finley, Tocumwal, Barooga, Jerilderie and Berrigan in New South Wales, the competition has the potential to be split into two.

MVCA President Anthony Holmes stated there was a number of ways the season could turn out.

"The board will, after deciding who's on the board, make a few decisions. With the lockdown in Victoria until mid-September I honestly can't see any cricket getting played at the start of October. Hopefully mid-October, if things go better in Victoria and don't go any worse in New South Wales.

"Do we try to get a New South Wales comp going before Victoria? We've got a lot to talk about, it's all up in the air at the moment, but we're hoping to have a season going by mid-October.

"The Victorian clubs are just saying they obviously can't train until mid-September at least. The New South Wales clubs can train under the different COVID laws but they'll just wait to see what the board decides to do tonight.

"If the border closure was to continue we would be forced to have a Victorian comp and a New South Wales comp, or, the Victorian teams play, the New South Wales teams play, then hopefully it all gets lifted and they can go each side.

"It all depends on what happens with the border closure and the Victorian stage three restrictions.

"In my opinion, I believe the AFL football finals are looking at the 17th of October, so I think it would be logic to start the season the week after that. So logically, the 24th of October would be a great starting point.

"That's something I'll put on the table at the AGM to let clubs know. But then, of course, things will probably change on us."

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