TAC Cup U16 Country fixture
The U16 teams of the TAC Cup’s country clubs will face off over three rounds early in the season, starting on Saturday.
The Round 1 Murray Bushrangers-Bendigo Pioneers, Gippsland Power-Dandenong Stingrays and Geelong Falcons-North Ballarat Rebels matches will take place as curtain-raisers to the clubs’ U18 TAC Cup fixtures.
(Please note the match between Geelong and North Ballarat will be held at St Mary’s Football Ground, just outside Simonds Stadium where the U18s clash will be staged.)
Round 2 will see a triple-header take place the following Friday at Queen Elizabeth Oval in Bendigo from 11.30am, while the final matches will also be curtain-raisers for Round 3 TAC Cup fixtures.
Players will be hoping to impress new Vic Country U16 coach Matt Battistello ahead of the U16 Championships in July. This year’s group will have a tough task ahead of it to match the deeds of last year’s U16 Vic Country team, which went through the Championships undefeated.
Round 1 – Saturday March 26 (curtain-raisers to TAC Cup U18 games)
Murray Bushrangers vs Bendigo Pioneers
Deakin Recreation Reserve, Shepparton at 11am
Gippsland Power vs Dandenong Stingrays
Traralgon Football Ground at 11am
Geelong Falcons vs North Ballarat Rebels
St Mary’s Football Ground, Geelong at 11am
Round 2 – Friday April 1
Bendigo Pioneers vs Gippsland Power
Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo at 11.30am
Dandenong Stingrays vs North Ballarat Rebels
Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo at 1.30pm
Murray Bushrangers vs Geelong Falcons
Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo at 3.30pm
Round 3 – Saturday April 16 (curtain-raisers to TAC Cup U18 games)
Geelong Falcons vs Gippsland Power
Simonds Stadium, Geelong at 11am
Dandenong Stingrays vs Bendigo Pioneers
Shepley Oval, Dandenong at 11am
Murray Bushrangers vs North Ballarat Rebels
Ikon Park, Carlton at 11.30am
* Photo: Last year's undefeated U16 Championship-winning Vic Country team