THE Ballarat District Soccer Association is the latest winter sport to officially cancel the completion of its season, informing clubs that the ongoing restrictions made it impossible to continue on.
Uncertainty related to what restrictions could be eased in coming days in regional Victoria now training is permitted and the start of the schools holidays, with many parents keen to head away to other parts of regional Victoria eventually forced the hand of the association who had been trying to get some sort of finals series underway if it could.
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Although it is an entirely based regional competition, the lack of specific information coming from the state government, while allowing training, but not allowing competitors to play, eventually forced the board's hand
It leaves just the Central Highlands football and netball leagues still to make a definitive call on whether it will play a grand final between the top two teams from the home-and-away season.
At this this stage is is hoped that day can be scheduled for October 2, but with each passing day and the rapid increase in COVID infections across the state, that looks at best unlikely.
Individual awards like the league best and fairest and golden boot titles will be awarded while a decision on premierships will be discussed at meetings this week.
The BDSA said while training was allowed, it was simply not in a position to set dates for the "recommencement of competitive games".
"There were other considerations such as the school holidays finishing on October 3 and the state being open for regional travel," it said.
"Under these circumstances with no certainty of starting dates (so) the BDSA Board have decided to cancel the remainder of the BDSA Season."
State League soccer made its final decision to cancel the remainder of the season earlier this month after Melbourne's lockdown was extended.
Other competitions including the Ballarat Football Netball League and NBL1 basketball called off their seasons last month.