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Easter’s triple blockbuster at Mulwala

By Robert Muir

For the past two decades it’s been two matches over Easter. But in 2019, Lonsdale Reserve Mulwala will host three big football netball matches on Good Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

As per the last three years, Mulwala will host Congupna on Good Friday, which will be April 19 next year. It will be the start of the biggest program of footy netball action ever seen in town, with three consecutive days of action.

In a second Murray league match, Tungamah will play a home game against Katandra at Mulwala on the Saturday, April 20.

On the Sunday, since 1998, an Ovens and Murray league match featuring Yarrawonga will be played. The feathers will fly when the Pigeons take on the Wangaratta Magpies on April 21.

In a great initiative, the home clubs will offer reciprocal rights - free entry for members of Mulwala, Tungamah and Yarrawonga for all three days. 

Mulwala and Tungamah will clash in the first round, on Sunday April 7 at Tungamah and as the final game of Round 1, with all other six Murray league games on Saturday, April 6.

The 2019 Murray Football Netball League fixtures shows the home and away season to be conducted over a period of 21 weeks, containing a split round in Round 16 and two General Byes coinciding with Interleague fixture v Wimmera FL and the AFL Vic Country v Vic Metro game.

The season will conclude with the Grand Final on September 21. 

“The Murray Football Netball League has become synonymous with Good Friday action.  Five games are scheduled for Good Friday while Cobram will host Barooga on Easter Saturday,” league general manager Dale Norman said.

“The focus of the fixture is to maximise crowds especially along the river over the Easter weekend and during the early rounds.   

“Clubs play each other at least once. There are anomalies in the fixture where clubs play each other twice in quick succession while others do not clash until the final couple of rounds in the season.  For example, Katandra will play Moama for the first time in Round 18.”

Mr Norman said there was a real focus ensuring traditional rivals played each other twice.  “Games such as Numurkah v Nathalia, Tongala v Echuca United, Moama v Deniliquin, Barooga v Mulwala, Congupna v Rumbalara, Congupna v Katandra and Katandra v Tungamah are important to those clubs but are also healthy for the League,” he said.

“Murray FNL will again feature a top eight. Finals venues are likely to be announced at the end of March.” 

Shepparton East Football Netball Club will leave the Murray League after its one year stint. The club will be included in the 2019 Kyabram District Football Netball League Fixture, as their membership application was approved after the KDFNL and AFL GM met last week.

Pigeons play Roos first up

Yarrawonga will travel to Corowa to play Corowa Rutherglen in O and M’s Round 1 match on Saturday, April 6. 

The Pigeons will also travel for Round 2, to take on Wodonga Raiders before the huge Easter clash against the 2018 runners-up Wangaratta Magpies.

The 2019 Ovens and Murray league fixture will commence with two ‘season opening’ matches on Saturday, March 30 prior to the conventional Round 1 schedule. 

Lavington will host North Albury in a day game then Wangaratta will face-off against Corowa-Rutherglen in a night game.