Towners to be tested early in the season

By Tyler Maher

Violet Town's quest to rise back up the Kyabram District League table this year will begin with a number of stern challenges on the field and court.

The Towners finished in 13th last season on both the football and netball ladder, meaning the first point of call will be to improve from those three and four win campaigns respectively.

A round-one visit to Merrigum will kick off the new season for the Lions’ faithful before a huge Anzac Day clash against Murchison-Toolamba represents the first home game of the campaign. 

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Fixtures against Stanhope (round three), Rushworth (five) and Dookie United (six) will follow, with a round-four bye breaking up the first third of the season for the Towners squads.

A rematch of the 2016 football grand final against Nagambie looms large in round seven, with the performances to that stage of the year set to serve as a benchmark for the rest of the season.

And those showings should be promising, with a massive recruiting drive over summer setting up the senior footballers for success. 

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Joel Price will have the services of Jake Roe-Duggan, with the former NEAFL footballer joining the Towners’ list of recruits.

Roe-Duggan comes to the club after claiming the senior best-and-fairest medal for AFL Outer East club Healesville last year.

The inside midfielder has spent plenty of time in the Northern Territory as well, playing for Southern Districts in the NTFL and for the NT Thunder in the NEAFL.

Fellow former NT Thunder player Will Farrer, his younger brother Brett Johnson and their cousin Che Watson headline other inclusions, while the likes of Nick Papakalodoukas, Jack Cripps, Jayden Guppy, Nathan Abley, Tim Ross and Sean Horsburgh have re-signed with the club.