GVL set to reignite rivalry with Ovens and Murray

By Brayden May

INTERLEAGUE football and netball will be going no where after the Goulburn Valley League confirmed they would host the Ovens and Murray competition in 2020.

Following AFL Victoria's decision to dissemble the Community Championships, local competitions were offered the chance to organise their own matches.

The game, set to be hosted at a yet to be determined venue, will see a senior football match alongside open and under 17 netball clashes.

GVL chairman David Roff said he was looking forward to seeing his competition attempting to win back the Ash-Wilson Trophy.

“We are delighted with the opportunity to renew the rivalry between our two great leagues, both in netball and football,” he said.

“The last games played in both sports were terrific contests and we look forward to the 2020 action and an opportunity for supporters to see the best players from both competitions.”

OMFNL chairman David Sinclair said the opportunity to continue the history between the two competition's was too good to knock back.

“The GVL and the O&M are arguably the best competitions outside Melbourne and players will look forward to challenging themselves against the best footballers and netballers in regional Australia,” he said.

“With the Ash-Wilson Trophy and bragging rights up for grabs I’m sure both the football and netball will be keenly contested. We look forward to the challenge.”

All GVL clubs will be asked to send expressions of interest if they wish to host the games.

In their previous clash in 2017, the Ovens and Murray won by seven points.