After a long preseason local footballers will soon take part in the 29th annual Barooga Community Night Series when the carnival kicks off this Friday, March 17 at Barooga Recreation Reserve.
The first match of the series will see two of the top teams in the Picola league go head-to-head.
Strathmerton, last year’s runner-up in the North-West division, takes on Blighty, which has recruited well during the summer months.
Other sides vying for the division two title include Katamatite, Yarroweyah, Berrigan, Katandra and King Valley.
This division of the night series will be keenly contested, giving each side the preparation it needs for the 2017 season.
In division one, three of the Murray league’s sides competing in this year’s night series will have new coaches at the helm — Tongala (Travis Edwards), Barooga (James Hazelman and Tyrone Downie) and Cobram (Tim Garlick and Josh Noonan).
All three of these teams will want to gauge if they have improved on last year.
The fourth side making up division one will be Picola league South-East powerhouse Tungamah, which will again be led by former Yarrawonga Pidgeons star Jeremy O’Brien.
O’Brien will be eager to see his side challenged by the Murray league teams in preparation for the upcoming year.
During the night series, some nights will contain just one match which will begin at 7pm, while the night with two games will have the matches start at 6.30pm and 8pm.
Entry to the matches will be $5 with full catering on offer.
The night series will wrap up on Friday, March 31 with trophies and prize money awarded after the final match.