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JUNIORS PLAYING ON… Mooroopna Hockey Club juniors, Riley Law and Chloe Robertson with under-16s coach, Kieron Vaivars, at training in Shepparton last week. The junior season is set to start this Saturday while the senior competition was cancelled on Friday. Photo: Struan Jones.

THE Goulburn Valley Hockey Association (GVHA) seniors have been forced to abandon its planned return to a senior season, however the junior competition will still take the pitch this Saturday.

The GVHA had tentatively planned a return to senior competition on Saturday, July 25, but dropped those plans after the State Government updated its advice regarding community sport last Friday.

Association president, Cameron Druitt said while the senior situation was unfortunate, he still hoped to manage a 10-12 week-long junior season through to September, including finals.

“We’re fortunate that we don’t have the economics that a football or netball club has, so we can proceed under the current restrictions,” he said.

“And we don’t need a great deal of time to run a legitimate season.”

Mr Druitt said clubs were in the process of compiling players and putting together teams for under-14s and under-16s competitions.

Echuca Moama has pulled out of the competition after being affected by the NSW border closure.

“It changes nearly day-to-day, what the clubs think they can do,” Mr Druitt said.

Despite the uncertainty, Mr Druitt said there was excitement among the clubs to get playing.

“There’s definitely a desire for hockey locally, some people have different circumstances and it’s not right for them this year, but largely speaking there’s a desire to get out and play some hockey this year while we can,” he said.