THE Bendigo Pioneers will be one of only four teams in action in week six of the NAB League boys season this weekend.
The Pioneers will face fellow country rival Murray Bushrangers at Echuca's Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon.
The only other game will be the Greater Western Victoria Rebels hosting the Geelong Falcons in Ballarat.
The Pioneers, Bushrangers, Rebels and Falcons have been given approval to play following the easing of regional restrictions for junior sport from Friday.
While the NAB League is an under-19 competition this year for the first time, the majority of players are aged 18 and under, allowing for matches and training to occur under the junior sport classification in regional Victoria only.
"The AFL is working with the Victorian Government on what this means for players aged 19-years-old for matches this weekend as they are only permitted to train under revised protocols," the NAB League said in a statement on Thursday.
The fixture for the NAB League boys competition will now become a week-by-week proposition for the short-term, with the AFL to work with the Victorian Government and health officials on finding solutions to play all fixtured matches.
"The AFL is committed to working through the rounds, plus finals, to complete the season ahead of the 2021 AFL Draft," the NAB League said.
"The AFL has prepared for this situation and there is flexibility with the fixture to aim to deliver 15 weeks of football for all boys."
The Pioneers will train on Friday night ahead of the clash with the Bushrangers, who they have already played once this season, winning by 64 points in round one.
The Pioneers - who had no current or former players selected at Wednesday night's AFL mid-season rookie draft - are third on the ladder with a 3-1 record.
Sunday's game against the Bushrangers (2-2) starts at 2.30pm.
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