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Blighty and Deni Rovers to clash on Good Friday

Deniliquin's Memorial Park will be home to one of three Picola and District Football League matches on Good Friday next year

December 27, 2013 4:50am

Easter weekend in Deniliquin is set to become even bigger next year with Picola and District Football League arch rivals Blighty and the Deni Rovers to lock horns on Good Friday.

The gruelling local derby will be played at Memorial Park in round three (April 18).

It is the first time the PDFL has fixtured games on Good Friday.

Deni Rovers president Craig McCulloch has welcomed the opportunity to play football on the Easter weekend, which will see three games played on the Friday and one on Saturday.

‘‘The league gave us the option of playing on Good Friday. It’s the first year they’ve ever done it,’’ McCulloch said.

‘‘There is always a large crowd when the Rovers and Blighty play each other so we thought it would be a natural thing to approach them and they were all for it.

‘‘It’s going to become an annual match and I think it is a great initiative.’’

With the Deniliquin Blues and Roots Festival being held that weekend, there will be a huge influx of visitors in town and McCulloch hopes some will head down to Memorial Park to watch the game.

The Roos president said the local club and Blighty will take turns hosting the Good Friday match, whereas the new Tocumwal and Berrigan rivalry will always be played at Tocumwal.

He added that the traditional Easter clash between Deniliquin Rams and Finley in the Murray league was taken into consideration.

The Rams host a Good Friday match against the Cats every second year, and travel to Finley on Easter Saturday every other year.

In 2014, however, the Murray league match will be played at Blighty on the Saturday, because of ongoing upgrades to the Finley Recreation Reserve.

‘‘We took the Rams’ situation into consideration,’’ McCulloch said.

‘‘They have an ongoing agreement with Finley to play on the Easter weekend.

‘‘This season (2014) they are playing at Blighty on the Saturday and the following year (when the Rams host Finley on Good Friday) we will be playing at Blighty, so we have avoided a clash here in town.’’

The inaugural Good Friday match between the Rovers and Blighty will not be for the Warner Tasker Memorial.

Blighty will host that match in round 12.

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