THE Victorian Amateur Football Association is coming to Ballarat.
In what is believed to be the first time a VAFA match for premiership points has been held in the city, the opening round of the division one season will be held at St Patrick’s College in less than a fortnight.
North Old Boys-St Patrick’s College will host Prahran-Assumption in what is actually the fourth tier of the VAFA competition, adding further spice to the existing rivalry between the two traditional college football powerhouses.
NOB-SPC Football Club was formed in 1963 so former students of St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s College, North Melbourne, could continue playing football while maintaining their school association.
In another first, the green, white and blue of the St Patrick’s First XVIII jumper will be worn by NOB-SPC.
St Patrick’s headmaster Dr Peter Casey said he was delighted the college would play host to a VAFA game for the first time.
“Our alliance with the club means old collegians can have a base in Melbourne that they can call home and can join with a great level of familiarity,” Dr Casey said.
“Many of our old collegians say they would love the opportunity to wear the famous green, white and blue again, and it is through this partnership that we are offering that chance.”
AT A GLANCE
WHAT: VAFA round one match in Ballarat
WHERE: St Patrick’s College
WHEN: Saturday, April 5. President’s lunch at 12pm, match starts at 2pm.
TICKETS: $50 for president’s luncheon, available through the college development office on 5322 4450.