Wan­garatta venue over­looked

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Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta man­ager of arts, cul­ture and events, Penny Har­grave, said coun­cil wasn’t ex­pect­ing an­other pre-sea­son match in 2019 af­ter host­ing this year’s event.

“There are only a cer­tain num­ber of games that the AFL bring out to the coun­try re­gions,” she said.

“They try to be equal in shar­ing those

matches around the dif­fer­ent re­gions.”

Har­grave said the process for ap­ply­ing for the AFL games had changed in re­cent times but added coun­cil was keen to see elite foot­ballers re­turn to Wan­garatta for 2020.

“Be­fore the 2018 game, ap­ply­ing to host games was through a ten­der process but to get the 2018 game it was through in­vi­ta­tion,” she said.

“What the process for 2020 is we don’t know and the AFL will prob­a­bly look at that af­ter the 2019 com­pe­ti­tion is done.

“We’d love to have the AFL games back in 2020 and we should know what the process is around Au­gust next year.”

The full list of pre-sea­son matches and press re­lease from the AFL can be found at www.afl. com.au.

BIG NAMES: Essendon’s David Za­harakis marks in front of Tiger Josh Caddy dur­ing the JLT Se­ries match at Wan­garatta in Fe­bru­ary this year.

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