Grand fi­nal venue up in air

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LIFTOUT -

The venue for Satur­day’s Ellinbank Dis­trict Football League grand fi­nal was still in doubt as the War­ragul-Drouin Gazette went to press yes­ter­day.

With the con­di­tion of War­ragul’s Western Park an on­go­ing concern (the Gipp­s­land League chose to move its first semi fi­nal from War­ragul to Sale last week), the EDFL board of man­age­ment had sounded out Garfield and Yar­ragon’s Dow­ton Park as pos­si­ble al­ter­na­tives.

EDFL gen­eral man­ager Ken Moore said the board of man­age­ment hoped the grand fi­nal would re­main at Western Park.

A meet­ing be­tween the board of man­age­ment, shire rep­re­sen­ta­tives and other key fig­ures was held at the ground at 4pm yes­ter­day to de­ter­mine the best course of ac­tion.“It was prob­a­bly 50-50 yes­ter­day, but we are yet to meet with shire man­age­ment,” he said. “My gut feel­ing is it will be okay. “I be­lieve there are plans in place for 30 cu­bic me­tres of sand, use of a heavy roller and big­ger cov­ers to help protect it.”

Moore said while both Garfield and Yar­ragon grounds were avail­able, the pre­ferred op­tion was to play at Western Park.

He said ar­rang­ing re­sources at short no­tice could be dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially with Garfield vol­un­teers re­quired at Won­thaggi for their un­der 18 West Gipp­s­land Football Net­ball Com­pe­ti­tion grand fi­nal.

“We might also get less crowd if we have to move it,” Moore said.

“Hope­fully it won’t move.

Catani player Bran­don Scam­mell stretches but can’t pull in the mark dur­ing the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at Long­warry; Pho­to­graph: Michael Robin­son.

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