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Euroa must roll with Anzac fixture punches

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December 08, 2017

Seymour and Euroa won't battle in the Anzac Day round for a consecutive year due to the Goulburn Valley League's rolling fixture. Shepparton will instead play the Lions in a special Sunday game.

Seymour and Euroa games to commemorate Anzac Day are again off the radar.

The Goulburn Valley League yesterday released its fixture for next year and the Magpies were absent for the second year in a row from the blockbuster game.

But AFL Goulburn Murray league operations manager Grant Wilson said that was mainly to do with the GVL’s rolling fixture, which ends next year.

Seymour will host the game at Kings Park on April 29 and will take on Shepparton in a rematch of last season’s preliminary final.

‘‘The problem has been the rolling fixture and that was locked in for ’16, ’17 and ’18 and that didn’t allow for the Seymour-Euroa game to match up,’’ Wilson said.

‘‘Mansfield played Seymour in the Anzac game this year and Seymour is happy to do the game again next year, but Shepparton has been good to change the game to a Sunday fixture.’’

Seymour and Euroa played on, or around, Anzac Day for seven straight seasons before this year.

Wilson said the clubs were unlikely to support another rolling fixture from 2019.

A more traditional draw would allow there to be more flexibility with clubs in scheduling night games and blockbuster match-ups.

The GVL season will start on March 30 with the Deakin Reserve Good Friday night derby between Shepparton United and Shepparton.

That game is technically a round five match, but has been brought forward to open the season.

That will not be the only match during the Easter weekend, with the Andrew Walker and Simon Maddox era at Echuca to start with a game against Tatura at Victoria Park.

The other round one games will be on April 7, with a night game at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve as the Cats host two-time reigning undefeated premier Kyabram.

A bye for the Victoria Country representative game has been reinstated after the league controversially went ahead as normal this year.

Rochester stars Nathan Marrone and Steven Stroobants missed the Tigers’ clash that weekend to represent the state against the VAFA in Frankston.

Victoria Country will play Victoria Metro on July 7.

Other highlights include a GV Pride game between Shepparton and Mooroopna in round 11, with a women’s league competition to be scheduled on the same day.

After a huge crowd turned out for the inaugural night final last season as Kyabram and Shepparton clashed, another final is expected to take place in week one.

Week one of the finals will be on September 1 and 2, with the grand final at Deakin Reserve on September 23.

For a full copy of the 2018 GVL fixture, grab a copy of tomorrow’s Weekend News.

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