The Murray Football League executive has announced the battlegrounds for what are sure to be some of the greatest finals matches in the history of the competition.
With the top six sides in the football and netball leagues all harbouring legitimate premiership hopes, every match in September is sure to go down to the wire.
After confirming in April that Rumbalara’s Mercury Dve would host this season’s decider, the rest of the finals picture took shape yesterday.
Mulwala’s Lonsdale Reserve (third versus sixth on September 2) and Moama Recreation Reserve (fourth versus fifth on September 3) will be the scene of this year’s cutthroat elimination finals.
The top-two teams will then face off at Barooga Recreation Reserve on September 9, while the first semi-final will be played at the Numurkah Showgrounds the following day.
Cobram’s Scott Oval will be the last destination for prospective grand final aspirants, with the preliminary final scheduled there on September 16.
The minor finals are decided by a rotation system, while the grand final holds a one-year agreement term which will be reviewed in October.
‘‘By rotating the finals clubs are encouraged to take pride in their facilities, and as we have seen over the past few seasons the grounds have been in spectacular condition,’’ league general manager Dale Norman said.
‘‘The executive is thrilled to be working with such enthusiastic partners who are committed to ensure the finals’ success for all stakeholders.’’
This year will be the first grand final hosted by Rumbalara, with Norman highlighting the coup as a chance for the club to shine on the biggest stage of the year.
‘‘This is a wonderful opportunity for the Rumbalara Football Netball Club to showcase their facilities and hospitality to the Murray Football Netball League,’’ he said.
‘‘It also enables the league and the club to explore new opportunities and new partnerships.’’