FOOTBALL on Good Friday is off the agenda for the Ballarat Football League next year but there will be two matches on Anzac Day, the BFL flagged last night.
Red Onion BFL operations manager Aaron Nunn confirmed next season would begin after Easter, ruling out any matches on the holiday.
Nunn said the completed 2013 draw was not ready for last night’s BFL annual general meeting but would be released in coming weeks.
However, he revealed there would be a Thursday afternoon match on Anzac Day between East Point and Ballarat, followed by a night match between Melton and Melton South, likely to be at MacPherson Park.
The Anzac Day round will also coincide with rivalry round, with Bacchus Marsh to meet Darley on the Saturday afternoon.
The BFL has also responded to Sunbury’s request for a rivalry round match against Redan on the Saturday, while Sebastopol is likely to play Lake Wendouree. North Ballarat City will have the bye.
The BFL entered a new era last night when it voted to affiliate with AFL Victoria Country, effectively putting a line through its association with the now disbanded Victorian Country Football League.
In what is primarily an administrative change, the league voted unanimously to amend rule 38 of its constitution to affiliate with AFL Victoria and the AFL Ballarat Regional Commission on an annual basis from next season.
Two new board positions were created for a director of umpiring and a director of umpiring development, while one executive director position was reclassified as director of junior netball.
In addition, Redan volunteer John Lawless was awarded the Keith Lawrence Service which recognises significant contributions made by volunteers to football netball clubs, while BFNL netball director Mick Simpkins was awarded life membership.