Savoys want night games

Myrtle­ford pres­i­dent calls for more Satur­day night AWFA games

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI

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).”

PHOTO:JanetW att

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.

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