MAIDEN GULLY YCW will host its first night game at Marist College tomorrow night as the Loddon Valley Football Netball League’s home and away season draws to a close.
The Eagles sit second in coach Wayne Mitrovic’s first season, and tackle top side Newbridge in a blockbuster to finish the home and away campaign.
The match was originally scheduled to be played at Newbridge’s Rverside Oval, but with lights going up in the second half of the year at Marist College the clubs agreed to allow YCW to host the match.
It marks the first time the lights have been used for premiership points at the Maiden Gully facility.
Council and the Victorian government have both poured money into the project, while the club has contributed $76,000.
The first versus second clash looms as one of several key games in round 18 of the LVFNL season.
Newbridge has all-but locked away top spot by virtue of a vastly superior percentage, at 153 per cent compared to the Eagles’ 136 percentage points.
Mitiamo can still lose its spot within the five to Calivil United, but would need to suffer a disastrous final round to do so.
The Roos must lose to the lowly Inglewood and then have the Redlegs beat fourth-placed Bears Lagoon Serpentine to miss out on the five.
Bears Lagoon Serpentine will finish fourth if it wins, with Pyramid Hill two games clear in third.
In LVFNL A-grade netball, Mitiamo looks likely to finish the season on top of the table and earn a bye in week one of finals.
The Roos sit two points clear of Bridgewater and face the winless Inglewood this weekend.
Bridgewater plays Marong, with third-placed Calivil up against Bears Lagoon Serpentine. The top three teams remain within a game of one another on the ladder.
The match of the round sees fourth and fifth do battle in an elimination final preview when Maiden Gully YCW hosts Newbridge.
The LVFNL also announced its finals venues this week, with Inglewood and Newbridge scheduled to host the first week of the postseason.
Inglewood will host the qualifying final, likely to be between the Eagles and Pyramid Hill, on August 25.
The LVFNL confirmed that the team which finishes top of the senior football ladder will host the elimination final, meaning that if Newbridge loses heavily to the Eagles and slides to second it will host a week two match.
The second week of finals will be decided by the result of the qualifying final, with the winner to host the elimination semi final on September 2.
The side that loses the qualifying final will host the grand final play-in on September 1.
The preliminary final will then be held at Marong on September 8 with the grand final at Bridgewater on September 15.
Meantime, finals begin this weekend in the Heathcote District Football Netball League.
Leitchville Gunbower plays Huntly at Heathcote in the qualifying final, while Sunday’s elimination final at White Hills sees Colbinabbin take on Lockington Bamawm United.
In A-grade netball, Colbinabbin plays Mount Pleasant on Saturday and Huntly meets Elmore in Sunday’s elimination final.