Local derby for EGFNL round one


THE East Gippsland Football-Netball League has confirmed its 2015 fixture.

As previously announced, Boisdale-Briagolong will make its EGFNL debut against Stratford on Saturday, April 11. Stratford will unfurl the six 2014 premiership flags – senior and reserve football plus four netball – before the respective matches on the day.

The Bombers have transferred to the EGFNL after the past 11 seasons in the North Gippsland league. They will play their first home game in the league on April 18 against Paynesville.

Keen to stoke a rivalry between the Swans and Bombers, the match has been billed the “Battle of the Avon”.

The clubs will meet on three occasions this season, twice at Stratford (April 11 and August 1) and once at Boisdale (June 13).

The addition of the Bombers to the league has eliminated the need for a bye and each team playing 18 games – nine at home and nine away.

As well as Stratford, the Bombers will also play 2014 finalists Paynesville and Lindenow, and Lucknow three times this year.

The Swans will also have three meetings against grand final opponent Wy Yung and finalists Lindenow and Lakes Entrance.

The season will begin on Good Friday, April 3, with Paynesville hosting Lakes Entrance under lights.

The first three rounds of the season will have at least one night game.

Stratford will host Wy Yung on Anzac Day, April 26, with Boisdale-Briagolong heading to Lindenow the following day.

Round four will be played over two weekend, May 2 and 9, to cater for the East Gippsland Field Days.

Lindenow and Lucknow will play a stand-alone match on the Saturday of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, June 6, at Bairnsdale City Oval.

The three-week finals series will begin on the weekend of August 29 with the grand final on Saturday, September 12, a week before the North Gippsland grand final and two before the Gippsland League’s.