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|2012 Victorian Premier League fixture announced|
Football Federation Victoria has released the 2012 Victorian Premier League fixture, amid a great deal of anticipation and excitement instilled in next season’s competition. Akin to the new A-League campaign, next year the VPL will start at a later date – moving from early February to late March, parallel with the State, Provisional Metropolitan Leagues.
The opening round will kick-off on Saturday March 24, with an array of stimulating encounters throughout the first weekend of the new term.
Defending champions Green Gully Cavaliers – attempting to make it three consecutive VPL titles in 2012 – take on Bentleigh Greens at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex.
Cavaliers general manager Raymond Mamo is optimistic ahead of the new campaign and believes his club can create history by making it three state league crowns in a row.
“From speaking to the players they are all very excited for the 2012 season,” he told the FFV website.
South Melbourne will play its inaugural VPL outing at Lakeside Stadium when the former National Soccer League champions entertain newly promoted Whittlesea Zebras.
Southern Stars, who finished runners-up in State League 1 in 2010, will lock horns with local rival Dandenong Thunder.
Stars’ team manager Tony Yildar said that the club is eager to be playing in Victoria’s top-flight division – for the first time in the club’s decorated history.
“It’s the first time in the club’s history that we’ve been in the VPL and we’re happy to be amongst the big boys in town,” he said.
“We’re looking forward to playing Dandenong Thunder in Round One as in the last few years this has been a great local derby.”
Mirabella Cup holders Northcote City welcome Richmond, who had a vastly disappointing season last year, failing to make the finals series after finishing as runners-up in 2010.
Heidelberg United will host last year’s grand finalist’s Oakleigh Cannons – whose coach Arthur Papas moved on to be the Melbourne Heart’s maiden Youth team assistant coach, before taking up an assistance role at the Newcastle Jets senior team.
To complete round one, the Melbourne Knights open their VPL campaign with a difficult encounter against Hume City at Knights Stadium.
The VPL Grand Final is scheduled to take place on Saturday October 13.
Round One Fixtures
Final Round Fixtures