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Finals’ venues are released for 2017 and there’s no surprises

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August 01, 2017

Zac Mihocek of Echuca United during the MFNL seniors match between Echuca United and Rumbalara. Photo by Luke Hemer.

SHEPPARTON’S Deakin Reserve will again host both the preliminary and grand finals of the 2017 Goulburn Valley League finals.

Announced Thursday, the finals series will start on Saturday, September 2 at Tatura Park with an elimination final, before a qualifying final later that night at Mooroopna.

The first weekend of finals will conclude with an elimination final at Benalla on Sunday, September 3.

A week later the semi-finals will be played at Rochester on Saturday, September 9 and at Euroa the day after.

The preliminary will be played on Sunday, September 17 before the grand final a week later on Sunday, September 24.

Excited particularly for the inaugural night final, GVL chairman David Roff said playing finals in nearby locations on the same day would mean more people could get to the games.

‘‘We hope that by playing a day and night final within close proximity on the same day will help to alleviate the ongoing issue of clubs being separated, often by long distances, during the first weekend of finals,’’ he said.

‘‘We eagerly await feedback from clubs following this change in finals formatting, which may prove to be a long-term fix to this issue.’’

In the Murray Football Netball League, Moama will host an elimination final on Sunday, September 3 pitting fourth on the ladder against fifth.

With the Magpies currently fifth, they are in with a chance to be playing on their home deck.

The other elimination final is the day before at Mulwala, the Lions also a chance of playing at home.

The semi-finals will be played on September 9 and 10, at Barooga and Numurkah respectively.

Cobram will host the preliminary final on Saturday, September 16 before Rumbalara hosts the grand final on Saturday, September 23.

Meanwhile, the Heathcote and District Football Netball League announced its own finals plans, with the grand final to be played in Huntly on Saturday, September 9.

Subject to change if the top five order changes, the finals are scheduled to kick off on Saturday, August 19 at Huntly with a qualifying final before an elimination final the day after in Colbinabbin.

The semi-finals will be played on August 26 and 27, at Heathcote and North Bendigo respectively before the preliminary final at Elmore on Saturday, September 2.

The league also announced its vote count for both football and netball would be broadcast live on YouTube on Wednesday, August 23, with a presentation day at the Bendigo Club on Sunday, September 3.

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