NAB League restart welcome news for Seymour rep players

By Alex Mitchell

With Seymour boasting a number of junior representative footballers, the return of the NAB League later this year is welcome news.

The Murray Bushrangers’ girls will play two more matches beginning on August 22 to complete their season, which started in March.

The Bushies were 0-1-1 after two games before the season was suspended because of COVID-19, having nicked a draw with the Western Jets in their final clash.

Two district players are listed in the Murray Bushrangers under-18 girls squad, with Lucy Dawe and Chloe Locke in the mix for selection once games resume.

The NAB League boys’ season will begin on the same date, with the Murray Bushrangers placed in a country conference for a six-week season.

Seymour’s Sam Durham and Hudson Kaak are over-age listed players for the Bushrangers.

Five regular season matches will take place before the country's best side takes on the winner of the metropolitan conference in a grand final, expected to be set for Saturday, September 26.

AFL's head of talent pathways and state leagues Tristan Salter told running a season was a good result for all.

“All levels of the game across the country have been impacted by the health pandemic this year,” Salter said.

“While we would prefer to provide a standard season of NAB League football, this outcome ensures an opportunity for many players to continue their journey in the talent pathway.

“We know how much these competitions mean to players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans and we look forward to working together to ensuring all clubs return to play in a safe and well managed environment.”