The Border Watch : January 15th 2014
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ROUND 1: South Gambier will host Casterton in the season opener. 2014 WBFL draw Round 1 – April 12 Millicent v West Gambier South Gambier v Casterton East Gambier v North Gambier (N) Round 2 April 18 – Good Friday West Gambier v East Gambier April 25 – Anzac Day South Gambier v North Gambier April 26 Casterton v Millicent Round 3 – May 3 North Gambier v Millicent West Gambier v Casterton East Gambier v South Gambier (N) Round 4 – May 10 Casterton v East Gambier Millicent v South Gambier North Gambier v West Gambier Round 5 – May 17 East Gambier v Millicent Casterton v North Gambier South Gambier v West Gambier Round 6 – May 24 North Gambier v East Gambier West Gambier v Millicent Casterton v South Gambier Round 7 – May 31 East Gambier v West Gambier Millicent v Casterton North Gambier v South Gambier Interleague Carnival – June 7-9 Round 8 – June 14 South Gambier v East Gambier Millicent v North Gambier Casterton v West Gambier Round 9 – June 21 East Gambier v Casterton Millicent v South Gambier West Gambier v North Gambier Round 10 – June 28 West Gambier v South Gambier East Gambier v Millicent North Gambier v Casterton SA Country Championships – July 5-6 Round 11 – July 12 South Gambier v East Gambier Millicent v North Gambier Casterton v West Gambier Round 12 – July 19 East Gambier v North Gambier West Gambier v Millicent Casterton v South Gambier Round 13 – July 26 West Gambier v East Gambier Millicent v Casterton North Gambier v South Gambier Round 14 – August 2 Casterton v East Gambier South Gambier v Millicent North Gambier v West Gambier Round 15 – August 9 Millicent v East Gambier Casterton v North Gambier West Gambier v South Gambier Round 16 – August 16 East Gambier v West Gambier Casterton v Millicent South Gambier v North Gambier Round 17 – August 23 Millicent v West Gambier South Gambier v Casterton North Gambier v East Gambier (N) (N) Night matches 1st semi-fi nal – August 30 2nd semi-fi nal – September 6 Preliminary fi nal – September 13 Grand fi nal – September 20 Aside of the Round 2 split over the Easter weekend, the only other breaks scheduled are the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, June 7-8 for an interleague round robin carnival featuring the Western Border, Mid South East and Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara and July 5-6 for the South Australian Country Championships. The roster was formally approved by the member clubs late last month, but only released yesterday by the WBFL after some fi ne tuning had been completed. High and lows for every club Casteron-Sandford HAS again been looked after with 10 home games and only seven away. Good: Home for three consecutive weeks, Rounds 4-6 and again from Rounds 14-16. From Rounds 11-17, the Cats will only play two away games. Only travels to Mount Gambier fi ve times and will play all other clubs twice at home. Bad: Will play twice at Blue Lake Sports Park against South Gambier. Summary: Nothing to complain about and if the Cats can win 70pc of their home games and pick up a couple on the road, a fi nals spot awaits. East Gambier WILL feature in a ground breaking Good Friday match against West Gambier. Good: Will start the season with a night game at home against North and will also host South under lights in Round 3. The Bulldogs will also end the roster season with a return night match against the Tigers at Vansittart Park. Bad: A run of three away games from Rounds 13-15 and has drawn last year’s grand fi nalists, North and West four times each. Summary: Should have little grievances. Millicent THE Saints have been granted nine home and eight away games and will start the season with a home match against 2013 runner-up, West Gambier. Good: At home for three weeks in a row, Rounds 7-9. Bad: Has four away games in the fi rst six weeks. Summary: The Saints have a relatively evenly spaced draw and should be happy with their lot. Millicent will play Casterton and West Gambier four times each. ROUND 1: Millicent v West Gambier at McLaughlin Park on April 12. North Gambier THE 2013 premiers will start the new season with a night match at McDonald Park against East and will play the same opponent in the last round, also under lights, but at home. Good: Four home games in the space of fi ve weeks in the early part of the roster will give North a platform to build its season. Bad: Don’t play a home game until Round 3 and between May 31 and June 28, have a week off for the interleague carnival, followed by consecutive away games in Rounds 8-9. Summary: The Tigers would have to be extra picky to fi nd anything to really complain about. North has drawn East and South four times each, while playing other clubs three times. South Gambier THE Demons have a couple of interesting matches in Rounds 2-3, playing North in the now traditional Anzac Day Challenge and then a week later meeting East Gambier under lights. Good: Has the chance to set its season up with three home games in the fi rst fi ve rounds. Bad: Only two home games from Rounds 6-13 in a nine week period (May 24-July 26) that includes weeks off for the interleague carnival and the South Australian Country Championships. In a space of 64 days, South will only be at home twice, Round 8 v East and Round 11 v the same opponent. Summary: That mid-season period when South are away for six matches and have a further two weekends off, will hurt club fi nances. South will play Casterton and North four times each. West Gambier WHILE meeting Millicent in the opening round, West will also be eagerly eyeing off the Round 2 stand-alone clash against East on Good Friday. Good: West have drawn three very winnable matches in the opening rounds, away to Millicent, East Gambier in the inaugural Good Friday clash and home to Casterton. Bad: Has two patches where home games are scarce. From Rounds 4-8, West plays just once at Malseed Park and then from Rounds 11-17, the Kangaroos will only be at home twice. Summary: West will need some premiership points on the board heading into the fi nal six rounds as it plays four away games, including the last two rounds. The Roos will meet East and Millicent four times each. The Border Watch, Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 35 ROUND 1: East and North will meet under lights at McDonald Park in Round 1.
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