A ninth team has been added to A Plus Labour Solutions Division 2 this year, with St Mary’s promoted from Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3, while no team was relegated after the 2018 season.
The race for a top-four spot looks to be very open entering the new campaign, while sides have another season without the threat of relegation to ensure a 10-team second division in 2020.
The action begins on Saturday April 6.
The opening round matches are:
Epping vs Whittlesea at Epping Recreation Reserve (back oval)
Thomastown vs Eltham at Main Street Recreation Reserve
Fitzroy Stars vs Diamond Creek at Sir Douglas Nicholls Oval
Watsonia vs St Mary’s at A.K. Lines Reserve (4:10pm start)
Bye – Banyule
Coach: Paul King
Last year: 2nd (17 wins – 3 losses)
IN: Luke Ericson (Panton Hill), Max Minney (Healesville), Adam Oxley (Collingwood), Matt Williamson (Sunshine)
OUT: Jack Dean (St Mary’s), Rohan King (Kinglake), Stephen McIntyre (Kilmore), James Reid (overseas), Bradyn Taglieri (Balwyn)
Coach says: “By the time we got over (the grand final loss) and got back to training everyone had moved on and we’ll focus on this year and forget about the past. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, especially after last year, we’ll just take it one week at a time and I know that’s an old cliché. The competition is going to get a lot stronger this year. It will be a challenging year, but we think we’ve got the stocks to really push.”
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