ALBURY Thunder will begin its Group 9 title defence in a round 1 blockbuster against Gundagai at Greenfield Park on Saturday, April 26.
Group 9 released its 2014 draw yesterday, with the season to kick off on Anzac Day when Wagga clubs Brothers and Kangaroos meet as part of an Anzac Day double-header at Robertson Oval in Wagga.
For Gundagai, the game will mark a chance to break a run of three successive losses to the Thunder last season.
Albury beat Gundagai 28-8 at Anzac Park to open the season this year before winning 40-22 at Greenfield Park and 30-20 in the grand final.
Under the proposed Anzac Day schedule, Kangaroos and Brothers will play only first grade at Robertson Oval, with lower grade matches at Equex Centre the following day.
The Roos-Brethren clash will be played as the curtain-raiser to the Riverina Football League fixture involving Wagga Tigers and Collingullie Ashmont Kapooka.
Brothers president Riley Mullins said full details of the Anzac Day promotion had not been released, but he expected the game to go ahead.
“As far as I know it is still on,” Mullins said.
“It’s a Kangaroos home game again.
“It’s our (Brothers) turn in 2015.”
Former Albury playmaker Joe Williams is expected to return to Group 9 for Brothers in the Anzac Day clash.
Williams, who played with the Thunder in 2011, has spent the past two years boxing.