Tooradin Dalmore will once again kick off the 2020 Alex Scott & Staff WGFNC season, this time hosting Nar Nar Goon as a standalone season opener on March 21.
The Gulls inaugural season ended in a tough preliminary final loss, while Nar Nar Goon will be eager to get their campaign off on the right foot after finishing the season four points from tasting finals action.
Round 1 will also feature the first of a number of night fixtures for 2020, with Garfield and Warragul Industrials going head to head at Garfield.
The seasons other night matches include, Garfield hosting local rival Bunyip in Round 3, followed by massive triple header of night matches taking place on Anzac Day. Korumburra Bena and Inverloch Kongwak do battle down south, Nar Nar Goon heads to Koo Wee Rup and the Dusties and Gulls clash again, this time played at Warragul inaugurating what will be an annual event between the two clubs.
Fans won’t have to wait long to get the 2019 grand final rematch, as the 2019 premiers, Philip Island, travel north to face fierce rivals, Cora Lynn on Sunday of Round 1. Only four points separated the two teams, in what was the best Senior decider yet, and many expect these two teams to again lead from the front in 2020. The Bulldogs will get the chance to unfurl their premiership flag against Garfield in Round 2.
Across to the hard court action, the netballers, Tooradin Dalmore will raise their A Grade flag during their season opener against Nar Nar Goon, but will have to wait until Round 7 before they get their first look at 2019 grand final opponent Dalyston.
Easter will once again be a split round in 2020 with only two games taking place over the long weekend with Phillip Island and Koo Wee Rup to again clash on the Island while Cora Lynn will make the drive to Inverloch to take on the Sea Eagles with all other teams opting to play matches on week two of the split round.
The May bye weekend, traditionally reserved for the Worksafe Community Championships, will be no longer in season 2020. After consultation with clubs, this bye has been moved to line up with school holidays, with no matches to be played over the weekend of the 4th of July.
2020 will also bring about a change in finals structure. WGFNC will be moving away from the five team finals structure used through the first three seasons of the competitions existence, with clubs voting to introduce a six team finals format. Week one of finals on the 15th and 16th of August will now see two elimination finals taking place, with the top two finishing teams rewarded with the week off.
A full breakdown of how the six team finals format will work can be found at the bottom of the fixture files below.
The Alex Scott & Staff Premiership Cup decider will take place on Saturday the 5th of September.