Power eyes Anzac clash to mark anniversary

July 9, 2024 12:55 pm in by
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Newcomb has unveiled plans for a twilight Anzac Day match in 2025, which will be the centrepiece of the club’s 50th-year celebrations.

President Matt Farrow revealed to K rock Football that the Power, which was formed in late 1975 before entering the Bellarine the following year, has already started lobbying AFL Barwon for the fixture at Grinter Reserve.

With April 25 falling on a Friday next year, it opens the door for a long weekend of celebrations.

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“We’re just trying to lock in an opponent,” Farrow said. “We’ve just started negotiations with one of the clubs.

“So, that weekend would be a twilight game on the Friday with a walkthrough of the club’s history.

“And then we’ll have a big function on Saturday night to add to the 40-year teams.

“We’ll put another ten players in the football and netball section.”

If approved by AFL Barwon, it would be one of two Anzac Day games in the BFNL.

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Drysdale and Portarlington have met annually on April 25 since 2008.


Meanwhile, Farrow says the standard of the club’s netball courts is what cost the club the opportunity to host a third consecutive Bellarine grand final.

Last week, Leopold Memorial Park was announced as the first neutral host of the BFNL’s marquee day.

“We’ve been really proud of the event we’ve put on the last two years,” Farrow said.

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“We take on board AFL Barwon’s advice, and we’ve got good support from (Geelong) Council, and they’re being resurfaced next year.

“So, we’ll definitely put our hands up for ’25.”

The silver lining for the Power is having the catering right for this year’s final series.

“So, we’re going to be busy during that time,” Farrow said.

“But, we feel we’ve got a facility in the east of the region that stacks up to nearly all.

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“By the end of next year, we’ll have lights on both grounds; we’ll also have championship lights on the netball courts.

“We think we’ve got a facility that will be utilised for not only finals but also for night games – football and netball – from the start of next season.

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