“It’s been a hard road to this point, but just as football was returning to our pitches, we’re again faced with lockdowns across Victoria,” Football Victoria president Kimon Taliadoros said in a video statement.
“Football will be here for you once we navigate the crisis … we will need to support one another through this challenge.”
Yarra Junior Football League chief executive Tim Murray said the reimposition of stage three restrictions was “extremely disappointing” for junior players and their families but was made with the community’s interests in mind.
“I want you all to know that we are deferring the season, not cancelling it,” he said in a video.
“Yarra [football league] will be back. Junior footy will be back.”
Both the South Metro Junior Football League and the Eastern Football and Netball League told its members – including thousands of volunteer coaches, umpires and parents – the season would be delayed rather than cancelled.
Aaron Linton, an under-15s player for Rowville Hawks, said he thought there was a “fair chance” there would be no first bounce for the local footy season.
“We were all really excited to get back into it and play some footy, so yeah, we’re not the happiest,” he said.