Two Rocky teams set to open AFL season
AUSSIE RULES: The AFL Capricornia Inc / Frenchville Sports Club 2018 program has been released with two Rockhampton teams to open the season at Clinton Oval.
The Rockhampton Panthers and and Rockhampton Brothers Kangaroos will play the Gladstone Mudcrabs in rounds one and two respectively on April 14 and 21.
2017 runner-up BITS Saints are set to play the Kangaroos in Rockhampton in round one followed by a grand final re-match against Yeppoon Swans in front of the BITS Oval new clubrooms in round two.
AFL Capricornia Inc / Frenchville Sports Club treasurer John Round said it will be an exciting season.
"I'm looking forward to it immensely and even before the main draw gets under way, we've got a Pre-season Easter Cup involving all clubs in A's reserves and women on March 25,” he said.
The 'Lightning Carnival' format will be played at Stenlake Park in Rockhampton and Round said it's a great way to get teams in tune for the season proper.
"It's the chance for everyone to get together and get some form in and get to catch up with old foes,” Round said.
He also sees an 'outsider' club as one to watch this season.
"The rumour is very strong that they have recruited reasonably well and could well be there,” Round said of Glenmore Bulls under the guidance of playing-coach Nicholas Payne.
Round said the Swans remain as the stand-out team which will gun for a 'four-peat' of premierships under coach Mark Wallin.
The BITS and Yeppoon match-up in round two will draw a huge crowd.
"That would be a good pace-setter I would think and the new clubrooms will make a huge difference and Andrew McMahon and his club have done extremely well,” Round said.
He expects coaches Barrett, BITS' Jake Mostert, Tom Kneen at Panthers, Wallin, Payne and Michael Rose at Rocky Brothers, to get the best out of their clubs.
And it augers well for a close season.