Monday, March 19, 2018

2017 fixture released for GVFL

David Lee December 21, 2016

FOUR Sunday games, nine twilight/night games and a night final in week one of the finals series, are features of the official 2017 GOTAFE GVFL fixture.

Included in the fixture is a blockbuster Good Friday night clash between arch rivals Shepparton and Shepparton United in Round 1 and a Sunday Anzac commemoration game in Round 2, featuring Seymour and Mansfield.

In keeping with its traditional military background, Seymour is also commencing plans for a potential Vietnam Veteran’s day for its Round 18 clash against Euroa, which will commemorate the Battle of Long Tan.

Traditional tourist hotspots, Echuca and Mansfield, will also host games during the Round 1 Easter weekend.

GOTAFE GVFL chairman, David Roff is happy with the fixture and the way clubs were able to work through some key features.

“In 2015, clubs voted in favour of a rolling fixture over three years, with 2017 being the second season of this format.

“Clubs then have the ability to negotiate game times which has led to some exciting variations as highlighted in the fixture.

“Other features are the general bye on May 13 for the Worksafe AFL Victoria Community Championships where we will clash with arch rivals Ovens and Murray (O&M) and a split round in Round 16 as part of the lead in to the finals.

“We have also commenced discussions with the O&M in relation to interleague and hope to have a venue confirmed shortly.

“The 2017 GOTAFE GVFL Grand Final will be played at Deakin Reserve Shepparton on Sunday, September 24, which will again be AFL Preliminary Final with this date receiving overwhelming support from clubs.”