North Central fixture released

REIGNING North Central Football League premier Wedderburn will unfurl its premiership flag in the league's season-opener against Boort at home to start 2014.

The contest is one of two round one matches in April, with St Arnaud hosting Donald and three teams having byes Wycheproof-Narraport, Birchip-Watchem and Charlton.

Last year's grand finalists Wedderburn and Charlton will meet in round five at the home of the 2013 runners-up, while Wycheproof-Narraport will celebrate its 50-year amalgamation with a Queen's Birthday weekend clash against Birchip-Watchem at home.

The North Central competition will welcome five new coaches, with only St Arnaud's James McNamee and Boort's Rick Easton continuing their roles.

Easton has acquired the playing services of former Essendon star Andrew Welsh.

The Redbacks have appointed Luka Rosa to replace three-time premiership coach Daniel Gash, Charlton will be led by Aaron Walklate, while Paul Brooks has been appointed Donald's coach.

Former Birchip-Watchem player Tom Carland will take the reins at the Bulls, with Boe Bish and Ricky Allen co-coaching a Wycheproof-Narraport outfit that has retained home-grown, ex-North Melbourne forward and last year's J.J. Feeny Medallist Corey Jones.

Wycheproof-Narraport will host the under-12 Lightning Premiership and the J.J. Feeny Medal, while the North Central grand final will be at St Arnaud.

An interleague clash with Wimmera Football League will be played on May 24 at a North Central venue yet to be named.

The league's general manager Lance Standfield said representative coaching appointments were about two to three weeks away.

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