We are still waiting for the AFL’s big reveal as to the actual date of a footy restart.
The feeling is akin to one of those dreadful gender reveal parties that seem to be the latest way to grab swag from hapless friends and relatives.
If we were to go to one of those dreary soirees, we would be hoping for the revelation that the future baby would be something other than human.
What next? Reveal parties for learning the genders of a litter of pups?
We fully expect to see the bookies post markets for such.
Come to think of it, there are probably markets for the gender of Winx’s first foal, due out in November.
The AFL is targeting a return date of June 11, but the entire plan to resume the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition is still cloaked in secrecy.
Details that have emerged include all players being tested for Covid-19 and the league has been holding discussions with Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt over ways to return safely.
We would be deliriously happy for footy to resume, even if the hub system the players have lobbied against is installed and all the games are played to empty stadiums.
A lot of the plan to restart will be dependent on getting buy-in from the government of Victoria, where 10 of the 18 AFL teams are based.
The Vics are still under lockdown, so for the time, teams training together is still off the table.
The other states where AFL football is played seem to be ahead of Victoria in terms of easing restrictions and reopening, but the first positive case could derail any plans.
In and around certain suburbs of Melbourne, footy fans would be content to see the season aborted completely, so long as Richmond receives a flag for 2020 as the winners from 2019.