Murray Football League punters will have to wait until round 10 of next season for the grand final rematch between Nathalia and Finley.December 19, 2012 4:08am
The pair will renew acquaintances at Nathalia Recreation Reserve on Saturday, June 8.
It was the only quirk of an otherwise straightforward season fixture, which was ratified at the league’s annual general meeting recently.
An Easter weekend rivalry round will open the season, with reigning premier Nathalia opening its title defence against Tongala on Good Friday, April 29.
It will be one of three games for the day, including the cross-river derby between Moama and Echuca United and battle for the Shane Crawford-Leo Barry Cup between Finley and 2011 premier Deniliquin.
The clash between Cobram and Barooga will headline the remaining games on the Saturday.
Like last season, Numurkah will have the bye in round one.
Other features of the draw include two night games at Finley Recreation Reserve, with the home side to host Mulwala and Rumbalara in rounds two and four.
Finley will also be the venue for the league’s first ever night final, with the first elimination final to be played under lights on Saturday, August 31.
The grand final will be played on Saturday, September 21.
MFL general manager Dale Norman said the league had also introduced a general bye in July to coincide with the representative game between AFL Victoria and Victorian Amateur Football Association.
‘‘Hopefully with a good performance in the interleague versus Bellarine we get a couple of players that may be playing that day,’’ Norman said.
At the same meeting, it was announced the league had posted a $2000 loss in season 2012.
Norman attributed the loss to an interleague campaign that required an MFL representative team to travel to Mildura, and called for more funding for such situations.
‘‘The compensation paid by the (Victorian Country Football League) for travel was welcome, but not significant enough to travel one-way, even to Swan Hill,’’ Norman said.
‘‘For those leagues that are forced to travel, they need to be ably compensated.’’
According to Norman, spending included ‘‘unprecedented’’ funding to junior programs and the interleague netball team.
There was only one change at board level, with Graham Millen retiring after 11 years on the executive.
With no nominations put forward, the position remains vacant and Norman said the executive would look to fill it before the start of the season.
Water has been returned to Kinnairds and Black wetlands to help with their revitalisation after bushfire damaged them in February.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Matches were split up over Good Friday and Easter Saturday throughout the region.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Eighty residents at a forum determined the Heathcote Community Plan was on track but need some fine tuning.
Cobram skate park hosts skateboarding and music for youth week.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
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