The Greater Western Victoria Rebels are waiting to see what finals landscape they will have to navigate after the NAB League's latest plans were disrupted by regional Victoria's seventh lockdown.
On Friday, the day before the regions joined Melbourne in lockdown, the AFL announced the NAB League would move to a conference system, splitting country and metropolitan competitions to allow for as many games as possible to be plated.
Premierships were to be awarded for both conferences, with a three-week country finals series meant to begin this weekend involving the Rebels, Geelong Falcons, Bendigo Pioneers, Gippsland Power and Murray Bushrangers.
It remains to be seen what impact the latest statewide lockdown will have on the NAB League's plans.
The two-conference system was mooted as a way to keep the competition going while different sets of restrictions existed between regional Victoria and Melbourne.
A metropolitan competition involving Calder Cannons, Eastern Ranges, Northern Knights, Oakleigh Chargers, Sandringham Dragons, Western Jets, Tasmania and Dandenong Stingrays was to commence as soon as community sport was permitted in Melbourne.
Usually a part of the regional system, the Dandenong Stingrays were made a part of the metro list due a to a large amount of players living in Melbourne.
The AFL has also re-affirmed its commitment to staging the under-19 national championships when possible. Firsts and second sides for Vic Country and Vic Metro are likely to be selected in late September.
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