Wimmera FNLWeekly Advertiser | After 214 days, Wimmera Football Netball League action returns in its entirety on Saturday, with many pundits predicting this season will be one of the tightest in senior football.

Round one will include Minyip-Murtoa hosting Nhill at Minyip; Horsham Saints playing Stawell; Horsham will travel to Ararat; and Southern Mallee Thunder will play Warrack Eagles at Jeparit while Dimboola has the bye.

While technically the Wimmera league started on Good Friday with Stawell collecting four points after a win against last year’s premiers Ararat, the season proper begins this weekend.

Wimmera Football Netball League president Peter Ballagh congratulated all clubs for working tirelessly during the summer to put as many sides on the field and court as possible.

Mr Ballagh said all clubs had recruited well to bring new players to the competition – particularly in senior football.

“We’re thinking there’s going to be some really handy clubs or teams miss out on playing finals this year,” he said.

“So if you’re sitting sixth or seventh or eighth, it’s not going to be because you’re no good. It’s just the competition is really, really strong.

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