Kolora-Noorat and Nirranda are shattered the 2021 season couldn't have the conclusion it deserved after coronavirus restrictions forced the Warrnambool and District league's board to cancel.
League president Kylie Murphy confirmed on Friday the remainder of the 2021 season had been cancelled because of government restrictions and no clarification about returning to competition.
The WDFNL board notified all club presidents on Friday and told them the top sides would be awarded minor premiership flags.
Kolora-Noorat president Paul Dunn said for his club, which had all but three of its teams in finals, it was "extremely disappointing to close off (the season) like this".
"It's sort of an empty feeling because we haven't got any closure," he said.
"Then from a club point of view whether we get best and fairest counts and season presentation nights done, and who knows if we can do anything like that."
Nirranda president Jake Harkness, who is stepping down after five years in the role, said "it's out of our control as COVID has taken it away".
"It's no one's fault as it's unique circumstances and there's nothing we can do," he said.
"It's disappointing as we had three undefeated sides (A grade netball, senior and reserves football) running into the finals and two other sides in as well.
"It's disappointing from a club point of view as it will be a season of what has been and what might have been.
"It has been a tremendously successful year for the club but at the end of the day there is a lot of unfinished business."
Nirranda also had A reserve and and B grade sides in finals. Harkness said he was proud of what the club had achieved and hoped the success continued in 2022.
Dunn and Harkness both said they saw the decision coming.
"I thought that it was highly unlikely we would complete it but the sad part is we have been dragged along and that's through no fault of anyone as it was all unknown," Dunn said.
"At the back of my mind I was wanting them to come out and call it early so we could move on but there was a small part of me that wanted to continue so we could get closure for our junior sides.
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"They didn't play at all in 2020 and have had an interrupted 2021 and we want to retain our netballers and footballers and having them enjoy sport.
"It is a concern that they could easily turn away from the sport but by the same token it could also be a good break and motivate them to get back in so we have got to be wary it could go either way."
Dunn thanked the club's players, supporters, volunteers and sponsors for committing to the season.
He said the club was heading in the right direction with all of its junior sides making finals. He added it was a "massive tick" for the club to have seven of its 10 teams in finals.
The Power's senior, under 18s and under 15s football, 17, 15 and 13 and under netball sides all finished in the top five.
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The club's under 15 footballers, who finished on top, will walk away with a minor premiership flag.
Timboon Demons had two senior netball sides (A grade and A reserve) in with a shot of winning a flag this season. Its A reserve team will be awarded a minor premiership flag.
Merrivale also had five teams still in play until Friday's decision to not play grand finals next weekend.
The Tigers' reserves footballers, B grade, 17, 15 and 13 and under netballers were all still a chance for a premiership.
South Rovers (under 15), Allansford (under 18), Panmure (A reserve), Old Collegians (B grade, 13 and under) and Russells Creek (17, 15 and under) also had sides in the top two.
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