Savoys want night games
Myrtleford president calls for more Saturday night AWFA games
LONG-TIME Myrtleford Savoy President, Zac Mirt, will formally request more home Saturday night fixtures for the reigning champions in 2019.
The Savoy played four night fixtures in 2018 with each gaining extra support and excitement around the club, enough for Mirt to believe the club could go to another level off field with a more permanent change.
“I think it will add a bigger social side to the club and see us become more engaged with the community,” he said.
“A lot of us have friends that play other sports on Saturday’s and it just works.
“It would embrace a sporting culture in town that would be more inclusive, it would be great if all the towns sporting clubs could do things together on a Saturday night.”
Mirt said he felt local soccer administration was perhaps “scared” to break away from tradition. “Society has changed,” he added. “People would rather enjoy their Sunday’s than have to go to work on a Monday after a game of soccer.
“The NPL structure on a Saturday works really well, I think our culture would really be enhanced by a change.”
And while at this stage Mirt’s requests will likely only be around Savoy games, he believes the whole league should consider a change to Saturday’s.
“Even if they trial Saturday twilight games during day light savings at the start of the season it’d give us an idea of how it could work,” he said.
Mirt will have to wait to formally voice his opinion at the annual AWFA Rules and Regulations meeting given no set date has been confirmed.
“Rules and regulation meetings normally happen in October or November but I’m not confident it will happen before Christmas (this year),” he explained.
“I know a lot of clubs out there want change and we are one of those, there’s nothing wrong with how it’s been run but it needs to move forward.
“It’s stuck a bit and we need to engage with the younger generations more in what they want to see or it could hurt us long term.”
Mirt added that local sport needed to be a reflection of society and its players.
“There’s so much that younger people do on weekends now in terms of events, dinners and the like that they are unable to attend with commitments on a Sunday,” he said.
“Long term I think we will lose players (without a change).”
TW ILIGHT:Jake M iles goes aftera Cobram playerin M yrtleford’s finalround clash with the Roar.The m atch was played on a Saturday twilight,giving the Savoy a chance to celebrate theirleague win.