The Heathcote District Football Netball League is likely to lose at least two of its home and away rounds this season.
The league is unable to move its finals dates and doesn't have a general bye to absorb one week of COVID-19-enforced lockdown.
With the prospect of community sport being played this weekend dwindling by the hour, at least rounds 10 and 11 of the season fixture are more than likely to be scrapped.
If community sport is given the green light to resume on the Queen's Birthday long weekend, the HDFNL would play round eight on June 12 and then round nine on Saturday, June 19.
Rounds 10 and 11 would be scrapped and round 12 would be played as originally scheduled on June 26.
"It doesn't suit us to push the finals series back into October because we're a farming community,'' HDFNL chairman Peter Cole said.
"No matter if we start back this week or in a month's time, the next game we'll play will be round eight and then the round after that will be round nine.
"Our first priority is to have everyone play each other once. After that is set, we can look at how many weeks are left before we start finals.
"The clubs have been well aware of the process. Now it's just a matter of waiting to see when we can start again."
From a football point of view, if rounds 10 and 11 are scrapped, White Hills and North Bendigo would miss the opportunity to play bottom side Leitchville-Gunbower.
The HDFNL home and away season is scheduled to finish on the weekend of August 7-8, with the grand final scheduled for Saturday, September 4.
The HDFNL board met with club presidents on Monday night where a range of scenarios were put forward, including the prospect of the ring of steel around Melbourne returning.
If that's the case, Melbourne-based players would not be allowed to travel to regional centres to play football or netball.
"Every club is in the same boat,'' Cole said.
"We're not going to hold up the whole league because a few players can't come out of Melbourne to play.
"Every club has players from Melbourne - some more than others - but that's the way it goes.
"There might not be a ring of steel yet, we'll have to wait and see."
The HDFNL board sought feedback from clubs as to how much time clubs would need to train before the resumption of play.
The league has also asked for feedback on the possibility of playing matches without crowds and, as a result, would players be willing to play without pay.
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