Ranking slip for GV

May 16, 2017

Steven Stroobants leaps high against Ovens and Murray on Saturday. Goulburn Valley looks set to take on Hampden next year in the Community Championships.

Goulburn Valley appears certain to take on Hampden in its interleague game next year.

AFL Victoria released the official Community Championships rankings yesterday, with those leagues ranked ninth and 10th respectively.

That could mean Brisbane Lions legend Jonathan Brown is headed to Deakin Reserve if he continues as Hampden coach.

AFL Victoria stressed the rankings could change depending on if leagues do not choose to take part in the championships.

Final entries for next year are not requested until November, but it was hard to see any of the leagues in the top tier opting out of representative football.

Talk was building around creating a semi-regular fixture between Goulburn Valley and Ovens and Murray after the leagues battled it out in a classic at Wodonga on Saturday — the first match between the leagues in seven years.

Ovens and Murray prevailed in a seven-point thriller, leapfrogging Goulburn Valley in the rankings.

The rivalry and intensity of the game went to another level as players realised the importance of a Goulburn Valley-Ovens and Murray game.

Meanwhile, Murray looks set for a rematch of its 2016 match next year against South East as it is ranked 14th.

Kyabram District has climbed up the rankings to 30th after its mammoth win against Golden Rivers on Saturday.

Geelong retained top billing for a fifth straight season by defeating Mornington Peninsula in a blockbuster at the MCG as a curtain-raiser to the Essendon and Geelong game on Saturday.

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