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Grand final clash avoided

Bannockburn celebrates its 2019 GDFL premiership. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ALL three Geelong region grand finals will get their own weekend in the sun with AFL Barwon confirming there will be no clash between the Bellarine and Geelong and District grand finals in 2021.

The two leagues were on a collision course in 2020 until COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the season.

The GDFL confirmed earlier this month its grand final would be held on September 11.

As a result, AFL Barwon has scheduled the BFL decider for September 4, with the season to start on Easter weekend (April 3).

There will be one bye (July 3), as opposed the two breaks clubs previously were afforded with interleague factored in.

The GFL season, along with female and all underage male football, will commence on April 17.

The GFL grand final is scheduled for September 18.

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“After a cancelled senior season and interrupted junior season in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, we cannot wait to see our member clubs back out on the field and court safely in 2021,” AFL Barwon said in a statement.

“All three senior leagues in Geelong- the Geelong Football Netball League (GFNL), Bellarine Football Netball League (BFNL) and Geelong & District Football League (GDFL) will stage their Grand Finals on separate weekends, allowing football and netball fans to enjoy the showpiece games.”

AFL Barwon has confirmed Newtown & Chilwell and Leopold will compete in their annual Pride Cup clash in Round 1 on April 18.

There will also be a Love the Game round in June and the TAC Road Safety Round on the weekend of July 17-18.

Full fixtures for both the BFL and GFL will be released by AFL Barwon later this week.

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