"We started early to allow for this": River Murray president says league has room to move fixtures

THE RIVER Murray Football League will join all community sport across South Australia in cancelling competition for at least this weekend, with July 24 fixtures called off due to the State-wide lock-down.

The RMFL's club delegates met on Monday, July 19 to discuss the implications of Monday's State Government stage four pandemic restrictions, which were set to be reviewed on Friday.

However, Tuesday's announcement of a week-long lockdown changed plans with games called off and the River Murray shifting focus to past this weekend and plan for when and if football can return.

River Murray Football League president Michelle Hill said the league could push back the season to reschedule matches missed.

"We've got room to move ... we started early to allow for something like this," she said,

The RMFL season started in mid March - far earlier than most across the state.

Hill said if restrictions impacted football for a longer period, the league could potentially engage in its finals series.

"One of the positive is we have played two complete rounds, so if restrictions drag on, we could start finals," she said.

However, she said decision would be made when more information comes to hand.

At the delegates meeting, it was decided the abandoned round 15 Jervois and Tailem Bend clash would remain a draw, with each team team in each grade getting one point each.

The River Murray Netball Association - which follows the RMFL fixture - has been contacted for comment.