Inaugural senior football grand final combatants Inverloch-Kongwak and Cora Lynn are set to immediately renew hostilities when they clash on the opening day of the 2018 Alex Scott and Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition season.
The Sea Eagles will unfurl their premiership flag ahead of a round one rematch of last year’s season decider in front of their home fans at Inverloch Recreation Reserve.
The clash is one of two Easter Saturday matches to kick off the season, with Phillip Island hosting Koo Wee Rup in the first half of the split opening round of matches.
Kilcunda Bass, Nar Nar Goon and Bunyip begin their campaigns at home to Dalyston, Korumburra-Bena and Garfield on Saturday, 7 April.
The A grade grand final rematch takes place in round six, when reigning premier Dalyston travels to Korumburra-Bena.
The fixture features two league-wide byes on 19 May and 7 July, with finals set to kick off on 25 August leading to grand final day on 15 September.
AFL Gippsland region general manager Travis Switzer said the competition was ready to build on the success of first season.
“We were extremely happy with how the new competition was received this year and we’re really confident it will be even bigger and better in 2018,” Switzer said.
“It’s fantastic to kick things off with a marquee game and we’re expecting some great crowds at Inverloch and Phillip Island on that Easter weekend to launch the new season.”
Meanwhile, West Gippsland has been drawn at home to Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League for the 2018 Worksafe Community Championships.
The championships take place on Saturday, 19 May with discussions between the participating competitions to take place soon.
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