Shock changes to Premier Thirds season.


Shock changes to Premier Thirds season.

April 5, 2021

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