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April 11, 2018

Giant David Frizzell earns a contested possession.

Giant Peter Ralph racks up another possession.

Giants Peter Ralph (centre) and David Davis (right) fly for a mark.

Duane Farrant prepares to send the ball long for the Goulburn Valley Giants.

Travas Wayman gets the dukes out in an attempt to take a grab.

Spectators at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve on Sunday were treated to an extravaganza of Masters football.

Almost 300 players wound back the clock for the AFL Masters Victorian Country Round One Carnival, which was hosted by local outfit Goulburn Valley Giants.

Teams from 16 clubs competed in the round-robin competition, with 25 games played all up.

In what was hoped to be a precursor for next year’s event, two games of women’s football (following the smaller AFLX format) were also contested on the day to help showcase the game to interested parties in attendance.

In true Masters spirit — which is billed as ‘‘Football for Fun’’ — several players pulled on the jumper of a number of teams in order to ensure all games could be played despite some sides having less troops than others.

Outfits from Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Echuca, Wellington, Gisborne, Albury, Melton, Sunbury, Benalla and Sunshine made the hike to the Goulburn Valley to take part in the landmark event, which signalled the start of a new season of Masters football.

The day would not have been possible without the various Giants members and families that volunteered their time, while Mooroopna Football Netball Club took care of the lion’s share of catering.

The Giants next suit up on April 22 at Kialla Recreation Reserve, with any interested player above the age of 35 encouraged to head down to training at the venue on Wednesdays from 6.30pm.

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