Summerland AFL gets a new look

TWELVE Sunday afternoon fixtures, Thursday night footy, games on the Gold Coast, a rep match against Darling Downs and a September 11 grand final are some of the key fixtures the Summerland AFL has pencilled in for the 2010 season.

SAFL newcomers Coolangatta will feature in all 12 Sunday afternoon games and will host the first two at their ground at Kirra on the Gold Coast, beginning with Nimbin tomorrow and defending premiers Byron next week.

The fixtures mark a radical revamp of the SAFL schedule for the now Queensland-aligned league.

The Gold Coast side, an under-23 outfit, had a taste of SAFL footy at the Nimbin knockout last month, the pre-season tournament which was won by Lismore and which is set to be an annual fixture of the league.

The Blues, who will play at all the Northern Rivers venues this season, feature several footballers from Papua New Guinea.

Today, Lismore will host Ballina at Mortimer Oval.

The Swans are keen to show the fruits of a hard pre-season which began in January, although a vastly improved Ballina from last year will be keen to take an early scalp.

Byron will play Tweed Coast at home – Shultz Oval, Bangalow – today, with last season’s mauling by the Tigers still talked about in Magpie circles.

All games are scheduled to start at 2pm.

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