LVDCL grand finals cancelled, premiers declared

Raiders have tonight been crowned as Premier A Grade premiers with this weekend's grand final abandoned due to the coronavirus crisis. file photograph
Raiders have tonight been crowned as Premier A Grade premiers with this weekend's grand final abandoned due to the coronavirus crisis. file photograph

THE LATROBE Valley District Cricket League has tonight voted to cancel this weekend's grand finals.

The LVDCL board's decision comes following advice from Cricket Australia earlier today in response to the coronavirus crisis.

"Decisions like this do not come lightly and is not the way we wanted to finish what has been a close and exciting LVDCL season across all grades," the league said in a statement posted on their Facebook page.

"Your tolerance and understanding in this matter is much appreciated."

Cricket Australia strongly recommended all amateur cricket played within the community should cease including community cricket and premier cricket.

"While cricket is a relatively safe and non-contact sport there are considerable measures that need to be in place to adhere to expert advice around reducing the risk of spreading the virus," CA said in a statement.

"We focused specifically on minimising the risk and impact on the cricket communities that we lead and serve, as well as their families.

"While many competitions are coming to an end, we are mindful that some competitions are only just commencing however the recommendation applies to all competitions and training."

With the grand finals abandoned under LVDCL by-law 25.2, premiers were declared in all grades.

The premiers are as follows:

PREMIER A GRADE: Morwell Tigers-Yinnar Raiders.

A GRADE: Trafalgar.

PREMIER B GRADE: Willow Grove.

B GRADE: Jeeralang-Boolarra.

PREMIER C GRADE: Mirboo North.

C GRADE: Trafalgar.

Raiders had been scheduled to play Churchill in the Premier A Grade grand final at Ted Summerton Reserve in Moe, while Trafalgar were set to face Moe at Yinnar in the A Grade grand final.

The other grand finals abandoned were as follows:

PREMIER B GRADE: Willow Grove v Thorpdale

B GRADE: Jeeralang-Boolarra v Latrobe

PREMIER C GRADE: Mirboo North v Churchill

C GRADE: Trafalgar v Jeeralang-Boolarra

Promotion and relegation for the 2020-21 season has also been settled.

Trafalgar has been promoted to Premier A Grade replacing CATS who are relegated to A Grade.

Moe and Jeeralang-Boolarra are promoted to Premier B Grade replacing Trafalgar and Centrals.

St Vincents and Trafalgar will be promoted to Premier C Grade with Centrals and Latrobe dropping back to C Grade.