THE best junior footballers from Bendigo and Ballarat will battle it out for Goldfields Challenge honours at Strathfieldsaye tomorrow.
The annual challenge sees representative teams across seven grades of girls and boys football play for the Goldfields Challenge Cup.
Ballarat took the honours last year but the Bendigo Junior Football League is hopeful of turning the tables at home, as it did in 2014 and 2016.
The rivalry dates back 33 years between the two competitions and has been backed by La Trobe University.
The BJFL interleague program is conducted in conjunction with the AFL Central Victoria academy, led by Strathfieldsaye Storm captain Kallen Geary.
AFL Central Victoria’s Jake McLean thanked all those involved in the academy and interleague programs.
“This professional program continues to improve and develop each year, so thank you to all involved, especially the coaches and officials for providing so much support for the program,” he said.
“Also, a big thank you to all families for getting players to trainings, games and supporting our academy.”
Matches start on the dual ovals at Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane Sports Complex at 10am with the under-12 boys running concurrently with the under-14 boys match.
The under-13 and under-15 boys games will follow before the under-16 boys and under-16 and under-18 youth girls matches to round out the day from 2.10pm and 2.30pm respectively.
Those attending the matches should note that there is no access to Tannery Lane from Strathfieldsaye Road, and a detour is in place onto Ryalls Lane, Guys Hill Road and then to Tannery Lane.