Fi­nals live!

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All three of the Goul­burn Val­ley League Football Grand Fi­nals will be live streamed this year, bring­ing the game to more fans than ever be­fore.

McPher­son Me­dia Group has been se­lected from an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est process to call, pro­duce and dis­trib­ute the matches on Sun­day, Septem­ber 23.

The stream will be avail­able across the group’s mast­heads, in­clud­ing the Be­nalla En­sign.

The GVL se­nior football pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal be­tween Echuca and Shep­par­ton Bears on Sun­day at Deakin Re­serve will also be live streamed, en­sur­ing the big­gest matches of the year will be ac­ces­si­ble to all.

GVL chair­man David Roff said it was an ex­cit­ing prospect to grow the league past the im­me­di­ate re­gion.

‘‘I just think it’s a great way to try and get the mes­sage out and ex­pose the lea- gue to a lot of new peo­ple,’’ Roff said.

‘‘We had been con­cerned that it might have had an im­pact on the gate tak­ings, but it’s a real op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the game and show it to peo­ple who can’t make it be­cause they’re in­ter­state or over­seas.’’

Roff said the abil­ity to watch the game on­line or lis­ten to the ra­dio cov­er­age while at the ground gave sup­port­ers a num­ber of op­tions to add to their en­joy­ment of grand fi­nal day.

‘‘We’re ex­cited at the op­por­tu­ni­ties this brings for sup­port­ers, the league and our spon­sors,’’ he said.

The stream will also in­clude netball cov­er­age of scores across the day, as well as footage from the court dur­ing half-time of each of the football matches.

The Mor­ri­son Medal and Well­man Fam­ily Medal pre­sen­ta­tion night will also be live streamed from Shep­par­ton RSL on Mon­day, Sep- tem­ber 17, be­gin­ning the build up to the GVL grand fi­nal.

McPher­son Me­dia Group live streamed Shep­par­ton’s de­feat of Echuca in round nine this year and suc­cess­fully cov­ered Mur­ray Football League matches and medal counts.

McPher­son Me­dia Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Damian Trezise said the com­pany was ex­cited to be able to bring the game the big­gest au­di­ence in its his­tory.

‘‘All the mast­heads in McPher­son Group are mak­ing great strides in the new dig­i­tal era and the idea of events such as the GVL fi­nals be­ing live from, lit­er­ally any­where in the world would have been laughed at only a few years ago,’’ Trezise said.

‘‘So, we are de­lighted to be part­ner­ing the GVL for this ma­jor first in its his­tory.’’

The win­ner of this week­end’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal will book a spot in the Grand Fi­nal against Kyabram.

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