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Queens Park to host interleague

THE highly-anticipated AFL Victoria Community Championships clash between the Bellarine and Geelong and District football leagues will be played as part of an interleague triple-header at Queens Park.

AFL Barwon has confirmed the first clash between the two leagues since 1989 will be held at KFC Oval on Saturday, May 18 after a Friday night and Sunday match were also considered.

The meeting between the Sharks and Raiders will be played after a women’s match involving an AFL Barwon representative team and the Northern Football League and before the 1v2 match-up involving the Geelong and Northern men’s leagues.

“The Interleague weekend of 2019 promises to be the biggest in recent memory for the many supporters from all around the AFL Barwon region, and we look forward to being able to showcase these matches and our leagues to them on our doorstep at a community venue,” AFL Barwon boss Will McGregor said.

“We are delighted to be hosting one huge day for the AFL Victoria WorkSafe Community Championship in our own backyard, including a contest between two sides in our region for the first time in more than 30 years.

“We are looking forward to working closely with the Northern Football Netball League and the Geelong and District Football and Netball League to give the best opportunity to showcase the best players across our entire region.

“We thank all leagues for their cooperation, and we believe the showcase of football and netball in the AFL Barwon region will generate much interest within our region with its supporters.”

GDFL coach Reece Holwell says the Raiders are looking forward to taking on the Bellarine.

“We’re super excited,” he said. “Especially to play as a curtain raiser for the GFNL who are going for the number one ranking, it’s very exciting.

“To take on the Bellarine too, who have always been at a higher level than the District is awesome for all involved and for everyone in Geelong who will come along.

“We can’t wait.”

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2019 WorkSafe AFL Victoria Country Community Championships – Queen’s Park (KFC Oval)

9.50am – Female Open Football – AFLBW v NFNLW
11.50am – Men’s Football – BFNL v GDFL
2.15pm – Men’s Football – GFNL v NFNL

11.00am – 17 & Under – BFNL v GDFL (Court 1)
11.00am – 19 & Under – GFNL v NFNL (Court 2)
12.30pm – Senior – GFNL v NFNL
2.00pm – Senior – BFNL v GDFL