NORTH Albury can expect a financial windfall with Jason Akermanis making his coaching debut at Bunton Park against a Brendan Fevola-led Yarrawonga in round 2.
The clash will be a stand-alone showdown on Sunday, April 7, with Fevola almost certain to play after missing the reigning premier’s season opener against Wangaratta at Mulwala due to suspension.
The fixture is a sweetener for the club after it missed out on hosting a Good Friday match.
“We were chasing Good Friday to play Lavington at home, but with a few people on the board not comfortable with a day-game on Good Friday, we weren’t quite able to come to an agreement on that,” club president Paul Spencer said.
“That was our big push, but our second choice, if someone had given me one, would be the game we have in round 2.
“We go to Myrtleford in round 1 and then have Yarrawonga in round 2 which could be a big day for us.
“That will be Fev’s first game because of suspension and, if all falls into place, it should be good.”
Spencer said Akermanis had already made a big impression at Bunton Park with a big turn-out of players and supporters at last week’s first training session.
Albury, North Albury and Lavington are also pleased they will play fewer home matches on the same day next season.
Three games will be played on Anzac Day, including a night match between Wangaratta and Myrtleford.
The Ovens and Murray will play Mornington-Peninsula on May 25.