Border Raiders edge closer to soccer action

By Brayden May

MOAMA Echuca Border Raiders could be back in Bendigo Amateur Soccer League action by the end of next month.

On Wednesday, Football Victoria announced June 28 as a targeted start date for all community competitions across the state.

“Of course, these dates are our target dates only and are subject to the further advice of the Federal and State Chief Health Officers,” Football Victoria said in a statement.

“They may be revised should the Victorian Government and SRV advise new dates as we move through the announced stages of the resumption of sport .

“Our decision to go public with these dates is indicative of our commitment to ensure that competitive football at all levels returns as soon as possible.

“Football Victoria will continue to keep the football community informed and updated in the coming weeks with regard to any developments, especially in regard to the resumption of increased training numbers and, ultimately, the return of competition play.”

In a response to the news, the Border Raiders said in a Facebook post: “This is still a working date but it is something that we as a club are very excited about and we are sure that all our players are excited to get back into playing the game.”

The club also said they were hopeful of returning to training later this month.

“Further to Football Victoria's release of their Return to Training Conditions last Friday, we are busy putting the club in a position to comply with those conditions so as we can all get back out on the pitch,” a Facebook post said.

“We are working towards a return to modified training on May 26 for some of our teams.

“However, because it is a Football Victoria requirement for all players participating in training to be registered, we are still waiting clarification from BASL, Football Victoria and Football Federation Australia regarding their registration fees before we can confirm this date.

“It is a requirement that all our players and parents read the Return to Training conditions shared on the Facebook page on Friday, May 15.

“This will ensure that the club and all the individuals involved in it are able to provide our players with a safe and hygienic training environment.”

BASL officials met on Wednesday night to discuss the proposed start date.

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