THREE of the sides that graced MARS Stadium will run out there again with an identical match-up between the Calder Cannons and Geelong Falcons to headline the beginning of the brand new Wild Card Round which takes place over Saturday and Sunday ahead of the Morrish Medal presentation on Sunday night. The Wild Card Round fixtures were released by AFL Victoria this morning.
The Falcons won the match between the sides on Saturday and will be keen to repeat the effort when the pair goes head-to-head at the same time this weekend. Following that game, the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels will get a home game despite finishing ninth, tackling the eighth placed Northern Knights. On Sunday, Western Jets and Eastern Ranges will lock horns at Ikon Park, followed by Murray Bushrangers and Bendigo Pioneers.
The Dandenong Stingrays, Gippsland Power, Oakleigh Chargers and Sandringham Dragons have earned the weekend off after finishing top four and automatically qualifying for finals. The Stingrays will take on the winner of the Rebels and Knights; the Power will face the winner of Geelong and Calder; Oakleigh will meet the victor between Western and Eastern; and the winner of Murray and Bendigo will take on Sandringham.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
MARS Stadium, Ballarat
11.30am – Geelong Falcons vs. Calder Cannons
2pm – GWV Rebels vs. Northern Knights
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Ikon Park, Carlton
11am – Western Jets vs. Eastern Ranges
1.30pm – Murray Bushrangers vs. Bendigo Pioneers
EF1: Dandenong Stingrays vs. Winner of GWV Rebels/Northern Knights
EF2: Gippsland Power vs. Winner of Calder Cannons/Geelong Falcons
EF3: Oakleigh Chargers vs. Winner of Western Jets/Eastern Ranges
EF4: Sandringham Dragons vs. Winner of Murray Bushrangers/Bendigo Pioneers
PF1: Winner of EF 1 vs. Winner of EF4
PF2: Winner of EF2 vs. Winner of EF3
GF: Winner of PF1 vs. Winner of PF2