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March 23, 2018

Mooroopna Recreation Reserve will be rocking on April 8.

In what is a first for the region, upwards of 20 AFL Masters teams will descend upon Mooroopna for a huge day of football to start the season.

The AFL Masters Victorian Country Round One Carnival will bring outfits from Geelong, Echuca, Ballarat, Sunbury, Melton, Gisborne, Albury and many more places to the region to take on each other in a round-robin competition.

Regional Masters side Goulburn Valley Giants have organised the extravaganza, and along with help from the Mooroopna football, netball and cricket clubs will make sure the day runs smoothly.

‘‘We sent out an official tender for the catering, but Mooroopna footy and cricket club actually came to us and said they would take care of everything,’’ Giants media manager David Davis said.

‘‘We thought in the first year it might be a good idea to have less moving parts, but ideally we would share it around a bit more next year.’’

Greater Shepparton City Council has also jumped on board, helping the Giants set up the three ovals needed to host the huge number of matches set to be played.

‘‘The council have been really good, especially with putting goal posts up on the third oval and keeping it watered, because there hasn’t been footy on there in a while,’’ Davis said.

As with all Masters events, entry on the day will be free, and Davis encouraged those wishing to watch, play or help out with umpiring to contact the club via its Facebook page.

‘‘Anyone looking to get some more experience as an umpire could come and help out with a few games,’’ Davis said.

‘‘We’re never going to knock back any help.

‘‘If someone is looking to have a go at playing Masters it would be a good tester for them too, the games will be two 15-minute halves with a maximum of three matches for each team.’’

Talks have already begun to make next year’s round-robin even bigger and better, with six ACT teams showing interest to make the trek south.

‘‘We’re already talking a fourth ground next year to accommodate even more teams,’’ Davis said.

‘‘We tried to get a women’s game up for this year too, but hopefully we can get that sorted for next year.’’

Play will begin at about 9am and go through until past 5pm, and more information about the event can be found on the Giants’ social media pages.

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