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VFL Cats set to lose home game

 

The VFL Cats will play just eight homes in 2018. (Geelong Cats Image/Arj Giese)

GEELONG looks set to host one less VFL match in 2018 as part of a shake-up of the state league fixture.

krockfootball.com.au understands all AFL clubs fielding their own teams will host just eight home games, VFL clubs with an AFL alignment will host nine matches, and standalone clubs, including Werribee, will have 10 home games.

One of those eight home matches for the Cats is unlikely to be at Torquay’s Spring Creek Reserve on Easter Sunday – which falls on April 1 – which with the season to start the following weekend.

However, it is understood the Cats have requested multiple AFL curtain raisers given they are scheduled to play St Kilda, Carlton, North Melbourne and Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium.

The VFL season will feature 21 rounds, with each club having three byes, with one of those for Geelong expected to be on the weekend of June 23-24 when the Cats AFL team has it’s mid-season AFL break.

However, there will be no state game.

The full fixture is expected to be released in mid-December.

MEANWHILE, former Bell Park star Tom Couch has been appointed playing assistant coach of VFL club Casey.

It’s a return of sorts for Couch, who played with the Demons during his two seasons on Melbourne’s list, where he played three AFL games in 2012-13.

The 29-year-old spent 2017 as playing coach of Tasmanian State League club North Launceston.

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