schells-and-lynnKey Alberton league officials, from left, Lynn Whelan (secretary) and John Schelling (president) say all is in readiness for the big grand final day at Wonthaggi on Saturday.

JUST as the World Cup and the Olympics are expected to have a big impact on the host nation Brazil in 2014 and 2016 respectively, this Saturday’s Alberton league grand final day is expected to make a favourable impact on the economy of Bass Coast. That’s after all why the Bass Coast Shire Council tendered to hold the event at its showpiece sporting venue, the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve.

“We tendered out the grand final this year and received two offers, omne from Stony Creek and one from the Bass Coast Shire Council,” league secretary Lynn Whelan said.

“They were keen to showcase their facility and also to provide a boost for the town and there’s every reason to think they’ll get that.”

Ms Whelan said other towns had experienced a range of benefits from people meeting for breakfast in the morning to stopping for petrol, going to the supermarket and the shops or stopping to do some shopping or have a meal after the game.

“We’re hopeful of picking up some extra people because we are staging it in a central location. The shire has done everything they can to help but we’ll also have some extra things to do like erecting marquees on the netball courts. But it all looks pretty good for Saturday.”

One of the highlight of grand final day will be the singing of the National Anthem by a guest artist and the various lead-up games of netball and junior football before the main game kicks off at about 2.30pm. With Korumburra-Bena represented in all football grand finals and most netball grand finals, the league won’t enjoy the ultimate spread of clubs but the crowd is expected to be a big one, nonetheless, especially after the Wonthaggi Power’s seniors bowed out at the weekend.