Sport

Grand final coup

By Southern Riverina News

Finley Apex and Sporting Community Complex is set host the Murray League football and netball grand finals this September.

It’s the second Southern Riverina sporting club announced to host football and netball deciders this year with Berrigan hosting the Picola & District League grand final the week prior.

Previous Murray League grand finals, on average, have drawn more than 2500 people across a full day of games with the possibility of drawing up to 14 different clubs depending on fixtures.

The event is guaranteed to bring in plenty of revenue for both the Finley Football Netball Club and the local community.

Last year Jerilderie hosted the Picola League deciders with $30,000 collected at the gate.

FFNC president Ashley Haynes said the whole town will benefit from the local club hosting the event.

‘‘We can showcase our wonderful facilities to the other clubs. It’s the first time ever we’ve hosted the grand finals and we’re looking forward to the opportunity.

‘‘It’s rewarding for our hardworking committee and those who support the club.

‘‘Not only will our club benefit, but the pubs, clubs and other businesses will be able to benefit from a large influx of people, this includes petrol stations and motels.

‘‘It’s always a huge day with lots of excitement buzzing around the host venue so to bring that to Finley is really special.

‘‘It would be great to have a Finley team playing on the day because playing a grand final on home field or court just adds to the atmosphere,’’ Haynes said.

The announcement is reflective of the town’s commitment to the Murray Football League with local business Eagle-I Machinery announced as major sponsor for both the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The Murray League grand finals will be played at the Finley Apex and Sporting Community Complex on Saturday, September 21, with four grades of football and seven grades of netball playing on the day.

A motion on financial support for the event from Berrigan Shire Council is to be tabled at today’s council meeting.