Blighty grand fi­nal

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

The Blighty Foot­ball Net­ball Club will be the home of the Pi­cola & District Foot­ball Net­ball League North-West di­vi­sion grand fi­nal in 2017.

The de­ci­sion was made a few years back that all clubs in the com­pe­ti­tion should share host­ing the de­cider and the club which hosts a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal will host the grand fi­nal two years later.

Club pres­i­dent Chris Haynes is a huge sup­porter of the new sys­tem.

‘‘It makes it fair on ev­ery club and keeps ev­ery­one happy,’’ he said.

‘‘We hosted the pre­lim in 2015, had a year off host­ing any fi­nals this year and now get the big one next year.

‘‘I’m ex­cited for our club to hold it and it’s a good ex­cuse to add more im­prove­ments to the club.’’

The main projects at the fore­front for the Redeyes are to up­grade the time­keep­ers’ area and to get an elec­tronic score­board in­stalled.

‘‘Ev­ery other club seems to have the elec­tronic score­boards now so we want to keep up with the times,’’ Haynes said.

‘‘We’re hop­ing to have sim­i­lar suc­cess from a club view­point when we hosted the grand fi­nal in 2009.

‘‘There were near record num­bers and ev­ery­thing ran smoothly that day so hope­fully I can get the same sup­port the club had then.’’

The club took more than $28,000 at the gate the last time it hosted the de­cider with the bar and can­teen also quite suc­cess­ful.

With Blighty’s cen­tral lo­ca­tion within the di­vi­sion it makes for an ideal venue for sup­port­ers to at­tend.

‘‘We have some of the best fa­cil­i­ties in the league and we’ve proven we can cater for the event.

‘‘I’d like to thank the com­mit­tee, the Coun­cil and the com­mu­nity for all the hard work they do for the club.

‘‘Let’s hope it can be a home grand fi­nal for the se­nior side.’’

The Pi­cola & District League North-West di­vi­sion fi­nals will be as fol­lows:

Qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal (Satur­day, Au­gust 19) in Mathoura, elim­i­na­tion fi­nal (Sun­day, Au­gust 20) in Yar­roweyah, sec­ond semi-fi­nal (Satur­day, Au­gust 26) in De­niliquin, first semi-fi­nal (Sun­day, Au­gust 27) in Tocumwal, pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal (Satur­day, Septem­ber 2) in Ber­ri­gan, grand fi­nal (Satur­day, Septem­ber 9) in Blighty.

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