Riddell League pulls the pin

The Riddell District Football Netball League has cancelled its 2021 season

The Riddell District Football Netball League has cancelled its 2021 season, but it has not yet been decided if premierships will be awarded.

After weeks and months of competition changes and plans being altered to keep football and netball alive across the RDFNL, the death knell arrived with the state government’s announcement regarding a further lockdown extension to September 23 in the metro area.

The Riddell League and seven other metro leagues have issued a joint statement advising their 2021 seasons are over, emphasising it was a very difficult decision to make.

RDFNL operations manager Jordan Doyle expressed thanks to “everyone in our community for their tireless work in keeping the flame going for 2021″.

“We are already looking forward to our competitions starting in April 2012 for hopefully an uninterrupted season.
“For now, please stay safe.”

On Monday night the league will meet with club presidents and secretaries, when a decision is likely on whether the top teams will be declared as premiers, or not.

In late August The Goulburn Valley Football Netball League made a decision to declare the ladder leaders as premiers, but copped plenty of criticism, and reviewed the situation, settling for acknowledgment of the top teams in each grade as ‘Minor Premiers’ only.


The Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League and Bendigo Football Netball League executives both met last week with the purpose of outlining a way forward for the remainder of their 2021 seasons, providing they can return to football and netball.

The MCDFNL executive has determined the deadline for their season is the weekend of October 2 and 3 and the BFNL had determined their end date is the weekend of September 24-26.

Both leagues have drawn up various scenarios for when and if restrictions are lifted and will be ready to launch straight into their designated finals format.