THE Warrack Eagles are the fourth Wimmera-based club to pull out of a modified junior football and netball competition.
The Eagles announced the decision on Wednesday night.
When the full fixture for the season was released on Tuesday, the Eagles were paired with Rupanyup to enter joint football and netball teams.
The Eagles however have since joined Taylors Lake, Edenhope-Apsley and Harrow-Balmoral in not partaking in the competition.
President Chris Taylor said the club did not have enough willing players and families to participate.
"Unfortunately some families have experienced and enjoyed having Saturdays to themselves, and with the outbreak in Melbourne, there are a few people not wanting to mingle too much with other people, which is understandable," he said.
"We're at the point where we might just be better off leaving it and making sure the club is in a good position for next year."
Mr Taylor said the club would encourage Warrack Eagles juniors wanting to play to do so with other teams in the competition.
AFL Wimmera-Mallee's Jason Muldoon has been contacted for further comment on how the season and fixture may be affected by the change.
AFL Victoria meanwhile reaffirmed its commitment to the return of country football, despite growing skepticism.
The governing body said the lockdown in Melbourne and rapid growth of coronavirus cases had not yet affected the possibility of regional football in Victoria.
"AFL Victoria and community leagues will continue to work with the state government so that any resumption of community football activity in Victoria does not compromise the health of individuals or the community. If that advice changes, then AFL Victoria and community leagues will act accordingly."
More to come.
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