While Footscray and Box Hill will be battling out the Grand Final replay at the Whitten Oval in Round 1 next season, Port Melbourne, with the bye, will be sitting back, checking out their rivals for the 2015 flag.
Port will kick off their season in Round 2 on ANZAC Day against Northern Blues at North Port Oval.
With the release of the 2015 Peter Jackson VFL fixture, AFL Victoria General Manager Steven Reaper said the VFL competition enjoyed renewed interest in 2014, which the league will look to build on next year. The VFL fixture will feature 15 clubs playing 18 games each across a 20 round season with two byes per club while the Development League will feature nine clubs over 20 rounds.
As well as three matches on ANZAC Day, there will be four night fixtures – two of these at Bendigo’s Queen Elizabeth Oval, two AFL curtain-raisers at Etihad Stadium when Northern Blues take on North Ballarat (Round 5) and Frankston (Round 11) and Coburg will play the Blues in the first Queen’s Birthday VFL match since 2009.
An unprecedented number of delisted AFL players who will be part of the competition next year, with the early club signings including Mitch Brown, Clint Jones, Trent Denis Lane (Sandringham), Orren Stephenson (North Ballarat), Jordan Schroder, James Polkinghorne, Kyle Hardingham (Essendon), Jordan Lisle, Dylan Van Unen, Leigh Osborne, Patrick Wearden (Port Melbourne), Jaryd Cachia (Richmond), Jackson Sheringham (Geelong), Shannon Byrnes (Casey Scorpions), Cadeyn Williams (Box Hill Hawks), Sam Dunnell and Taylor Hine (Williamstown), along with a host of graduating players from AFL Victoria’s TAC Cup competition.
“The large number of delisted AFL players that are remaining in the competition next year proves VFL clubs are providing professional environments and opportunities both on and off the field that these players want to be a part of,” Reaper said.
The VFL will remain an affordable option for football fans and families in 2015, with entry prices remaining the same with adults $10, concession $5 and kids under 15 free.
“The VFL remains a great day out where you listen to the likes of Gary Ayres, Gerard FitzGerald, Paul Hudson and Andy Collins at the quarter time huddles instruct their teams, take the kids for a kick of the football on the ground during the breaks, and see great a mix of AFL and developing VFL talent play a high standard of football,” he said.
The first month of broadcast games on Channel 7 will be announced in the New Year, with dates and starting times subject to change to accommodate the telecast matches.
See the attached spreadsheet for the entire VFL and Development League fixture.