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Rare Easter at home for Modda

Modewarre will open the 2021 season with a rare Easter weekend home game. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

MODEWARRE will host a match at Community Bank Oval on Easter weekend for the first time in 20 years in a blockbuster opening round of the 2021 Bellarine Football League season.

The Warriors, who last played at home on the long weekend in 2001, will host Surf Coast Shire rivals Anglesea.

Director of Football Michael Fitzgerald has welcomed the chance for Modewarre to receive an early financial boost, with Easter weekend matches traditionally hosted by the competition’s coastal clubs reaping five-figure boosts to their coffers.

“As a club, we are very excited to be playing our first Easter home game since 2001,” Fitzgerald said.

“As everyone knows, the financial return at these games is massive, and it’s brilliant that AFL Barwon has decided to share it around.

“We have been asking the question for 10-15 years, and finally it’s happened; we appreciate the opportunity.”

Fitzgerald says the Warriors are looking at using their new lights for the clash with the Roos.

“Along with upgrades that have been occurring to Mt Moriac Reserve over the last five years, our facility has recently had the newest 200lux lights installed on our footy ground and netball courts in the BFL,” he said.

“So we will speak with Anglesea to see if they’d be interested in either a night game on either Good Friday or Easter Saturday.

“If we can arrange a stand-alone game in the region and the weather is good, we’d expect a bumper crowd.

“With 2020 not happening, everyone is ready to roll in 2021.”

In other opening-round matches;

  • Barwon Heads is expected to unveil former Collingwood and St Kilda star Nathan Brown, as well as belatedly unfurl its 2019 premiership flag, when it hosts Drysdale at Howard Harmer Oval.
  • Former Leopold star Jye Walker’s coaching debut for Newcomb will take place at Ron Evans Oval against Portarlington.
  • New Ocean Grove Pete Davey will get an early indication of where the Grubbers sit when they travel to McCartney Oval for a meeting with 2019 runners-up Torquay.
  • Queenscliff, who missed out on hosting a match at Easter in 2019, will host Geelong Amateur.

Drysdale and Portarlington will continue its Anzac Day rivalry in Round 4, while the day before the re-match of 2019 grand finalists Barwon Heads and Torquay will take place at Howard Harmer Oval.

Geelong Amateur will mark its 500th match since joining the competition in 1995 with a home meeting against Ocean Grove – its same opponent as its BFL debut.

And Portarlington will make its 900th BFL appearance when it travels to Torquay in Round 15.

The 2021 BFL finals series starts on August 14, with the grand final set down for September 4.

All matches have been scheduled for Saturday afternoon, aside from Anzac Day, with clubs able to negotiate other timeslots before January 23.


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