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Clubs given one more week to sort out fixture agreements

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December 02, 2016

The Goulburn Valley Football League’s fixture release has been delayed by at least a week.

The Goulburn Valley Football League’s fixture release has been delayed by at least a week.

Final confirmation of next year’s draw was expected to come during Wednesday night’s club delegates meeting, which followed the annual meeting at Kialla.

But some agreements between clubs for potential night games and Sunday fixtures are yet to be reached.

‘‘We’ve set aside one more week for clubs to work through and work out some things, but it’s largely done,’’ AFL Goulburn Murray league operations manager Grant Wilson said.

But a surprising change has already been locked in.

Arch rivals Seymour and Euroa won’t be clashing in their traditional Anzac Day weekend game for the first time in a number of years.

Instead, the Lions will host Mansfield at Kings Park during that round.

‘‘The three-year rolling draw has been in place and because of the way it’s structured, the Seymour-Euroa game wasn’t happening until round five,’’ Wilson said.

‘‘It was looked into to try and move it around and fit in, but it couldn’t be done, so Seymour was disappointed, but it will still host the Anzac game.’’

The league had already decided on some dates for next year before the meeting.

Next season will start at Easter, with round one to take place on April 14 and 15.

Finals will start on September 2, while the grand final is set for September 24 at Deakin Reserve — six days before the AFL decider for the second year in a row.

There will be no bye for the Victoria Country game, while the blockbuster interleague match between Goulburn Valley and Ovens and Murray is down for May 13 at a yet-to-be-determined venue.

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