IF HEATHCOTE needed any more reason to be excited about the start of 2020, then they've found it following the release of the Heathcote District League fixture for next season.
The Saints have been handed a prime time slot to kick off their season, a night game on the road to Elmore in round one.
A unique situation will also greet the Saints in the early stages of the season, where they will play just one game in three weeks due to a bye in round three (April 18) followed by the general bye on May 2.
Heathcote will have two byes during the season - in rounds 3 and 12.
White Hills and Mount Pleasant will face off in a season curtain raiser on March 28, moving forward their fixture from round seven.
The grand final will be played on Saturday, September 5.
On the netball front, the Saints have appointed Kelsey Hayes and Ash Sharp as B grade and B reserve coach respectively.
Round 1: Elmore v Heathcote, April 4 (night game).
Round 2: Heathcote v Mount Pleasant, April 11.
Round 3: Bye.
Round 4: North Bendigo v Heathcote, Sunday, April 26.
Round 5: Heathcote v Leitchville-Gunbower, May 9.
Round 6: LBU v Heathcote, May 16.
Round 7: Heathcote v Huntly, May 23.
Round 8: White Hills v Heathcote, May 30.
Round 9: Heathcote v Colbinabbin, June 6 (Queen’s Birthday weekend).
Round 10: Heathcote v Elmore, June 13.
Round 11: Mount Pleasant v Heathcote, June 20.
Round 12: Bye.
Round 13: Heathcote v North Bendigo, July 4.
Round 14: Leitchville-Gunbower v Heathcote, July 11 (Gunbower).
Round 15: Heathcote v LBU, July 18.
Round 16: Huntly v Heathcote.
Round 17: Colbinabbin v Heathcote.
Round 18: Heathcote v White Hills.