2018 Wimmera Football League fixture announced

The Stawell Warriors will once again open the Wimmera Football League season against the Ararat Rats on Good Friday. 

The ‘Battle of the Divide’ will be the first game of 2018 which commences on March 30. 

It will be an unusual situation for Ararat and Stawell, with the remainder of the round one matches not commencing until Saturday, April 21. 

New Warriors president Tim Williams said it will be an issue the club deals with when it comes around.

“That first game against Ararat might be a little bit like a practice game being so far out from our next match,” he said.

“It is something we will have to prepare for early but it does not phase us too much.”

The Warriors received a friendly fixture, playing Ararat and Nhill three times throughout the season.

The Rats and Tigers won just three games each in 2017, finishing in sixth and seventh place respectively. 

Williams said other than the tricky first round he had no issues with the draw.

“I thought it was pretty good for us,” he said.

“Overall we are pretty happy with what we have been given.”

STAWELL WARRIORS 2018 FIXTURE

Round 1 – March 30: Away v Ararat

Round 2 – April 28: Home v Horsham Demons

Round 3 – May 5: Away v Horsham Saints

Round 4 – May 12: Home v Nhill

INTERLEAGUE BREAK – MAY 19: Wimmera v Ballerine

Round 5 – May 26: Home v Warrack

Round 6 – June 2: Away v Dimboola

LONG WEEKEND: JUNE 9 – BYE

Round 7 – June 16: Home v Minyip-Murtoa

Round 8 – June 23: Home v Ararat

Round 9 – June 30: Away v Horsham Demons

JULY 7 – BYE

Round 10 – July 14: Home v Horsham Saints

Round 11 – July 21: Away v Nhill

Round 12 – July 28: Away v Warrack

Round 13 – August 4: Home v Dimboola

Round 14 – August 11: Away v Minyip-Murtoa

Round 15 – August 18: Away v Ararat

Round 16 – August 25: Home v Nhill

FINALS (venues TBC)

September 1 – Qualifying final

September 2 – Elimination final

September 8 – 2nd semi final

September 9 – 1st semi final

September 16 – Preliminary final

September 22 – Grand Final