Begins April 1st
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IT is the division that keeps on giving and it’s always providing us plenty of twists and turns over the course of a season.
With Craigieburn now back up, the pundits are predicting the most open Essendon Ford Division 1 premiership race the EDFL has ever seen.
- Round 1: Hillside v Taylors Lakes will be played on Good Friday (between Rounds 2 & 3). After Taylors Lakes did the Sharks absolutely no favours and kept them out of the final four in Round 18 at Oak Park, this already tense rivalry may just have a new edge to it.
- Round 2: The season’s first Battle of Mickleham Road will take place under lights with Tullamarine hosting Westmeadows on April 8.
- Round 3: The annual ANZAC Day clash between Glenroy & Westmeadows will again take place at Sewell Reserve. In 2017 it falls on a Tuesday. The 2016 edition was a bit of a fizzer but with Glenroy again improving its list in a much more open division, this could be one of the key games of the year.
- Round 4: Tullamarine’s game against Glenroy will be played on a Sunday (April 30) to allow for the Roys’ short turnaround following ANZAC Day.
OTHER KEY GAMES
- Round 5: Back in Round 16 2014, Taylors Lakes SNUCK HOME for a four-point win away to East Keilor in Mark De Sousa’s final game. It was telling in East Keilor eventually being relegated. With the Cougars now back up in Essendon Ford Division 1, they’ll be seeking revenge at Lionheart Reserve on May 6.
- Round 9: What a Prelim it was between Tullamarine & Oak Park. The Demons just snuck home in a result that still has some at Oak Park seething. They’ll renew their hostilities Leo Dineen Reserve on June 17.
- Round 9: Local rivals Hadfield & Glenroy may have that little bit more spice between them with some key players moving from the former to the latter recently. Glenroy will be the favourite at this stage, but these sorts of games are the ones a club like Hadfield has a habit of getting up for.
- As per previous seasons, all nine clubs will have two byes during the season to ensure everyone plays each other twice.
- Hadfield has the Round 1 bye and Taylors Lakes has one for Round 18 – the final home-and-away round before finals.
- The Division will take breaks on the weekends of May 13 (between Rounds 5 & 6 for Interleague) and June 10 (between Rounds 8 & 9 for Queen’s Birthday).
- The Finals will begin on Saturday August 26, with the Grand Final to be played on Sunday, September 10.