DRIVING THEM BATTY
R2: Seniors rumble over Red Coats
On Good Friday last, the VAFA released the fixture for this season's Premier Thirds.
When previous CEO Michael Sholly introduced the Thirds a decade ago, the intent of the competition was to have the 3rd XVIII of each Premier club playing the same opponent as the 1s and 2s. It was an 18 week home and away season, which differentiated the Thirds from the Club XVIII. The bonus was the Thirds playing on Grand Final Day at Elsternwick, as the morning fixture prior to the season's final two games.
It would appear all of this thinking has been abandoned. The Premier Thirds is now a 14 games season, with finals in August. There is no distinction between this competition and the other Thirds comps previously known as Club XVIII.
The Menages' season begins at St Bernard's. A fortnight later, they welcome the Snow Dogs to Stradbroke for the return bout. That match-up is then done for the year unless the teams meet in the finals.
Date Round Matchup Venue Time
10-Apr 1 @ St Bernards Walter Street Oval 12:00pm
17-Apr 2 vs. Hawthorn Stradbroke Park 2:00pm
24-Apr 3 vs. St Bernards Stradbroke Park 2:00pm
1-May 4 @ St Kevin's TBC TBC
8-May 5 vs. University Blacks Stradbroke Park 2:00pm
15-May 6 @ Old Scotch Camberwell Sports Ground 9:20am
22-May 7 vs. Old Melburnians Stradbroke Park 2:00pm
29-May 8 @ Caulfield Grammarians Glenhuntly Oval 9:20am
5-Jun 9 vs. St Kevins Stradbroke Park 2:00pm
19-Jun 10 @ University Blacks Crawford Oval 9:20am
26-Jun 11 vs. Caulfield Grammarians Stradbroke Park 2:00pm
3-Jul 12 vs. Old Scotch Stradbroke Park 2:00pm
24-Jul 13 @ Old Melburnians Elsternwick Park 11:40am
31-Jul 14 @ Hawthorn Rathmines Road Reserve 11:40am