Red Devils to play Melbourne Heart's youth

BALLARAT Red Devils will play two games against Melbourne Heart’s youth team this Football Federation Victoria men’s state league two season.

The Haymes Red Devils take on the A-League side’s youngsters in rounds 10 and 22, with venues yet to be confirmed.

Heart’s A-League contracted players will not play for the club in state league matches.

“Personally I see this as a great opportunity for our club to take on Melbourne Heart in a real match,” Ballarat president Jamie Winton said.

“We look forward to playing them as this will be some of the best 18 and 19-year-old players in Victoria playing against, to be honest, our young team. We have lost a few of our older players from last season so these matches will be a real test for the players.”

Ballarat will start its league season on April 6 against La Trobe University followed a week later by a match against relegated outfit Whittlesea Ranges.

The team will have a pre-season hit-out away to Melton today, before a home clash with Moreland Zebras on February 24. The Reds’ final pre-season match will be away to Geelong on March 28.

RED DEVILS FIXTURE

Round 1: April 6 v La Trobe University (h), round 2: April 13 v Whittlesea Ranges (a), round 3: April 20 v Preston Lions (h), round 4: April 27 v Altona East Phoenix (a), round 5: May 11 v Moreland City (h), round 6: May 18 v Brunswick City (a), round 7: May 25 v Keilor Park (h), round 8: June 1 v Fitzroy City (a), round 9: June 15 v Avondale Heights (h), round 10: June 19 v Melbourne Heart Youth (h), round 11: June 29 v Westgate (h), round 12: July 6 v La Trobe University (a), round 13: July 13 v Whittlesea Ranges (h), round 14: July 21 v Preston Lions (a), round 15: July 27 v Altona East (h), round 16: August 3 v Moreland City (a), round 17: August 10 v Brunswick City (h), round 18: August 17 v Keilor Park (a), round 19: August 24 v Fitzroy City (h), round 20: August 31 v Avondale Heights (a), round 21: September 14 v Sydenham Park (h), round 22: September 21 v Westgate (a). 

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