The MDU Football and Netball Club will host this year’s Alberton Grand Final on Saturday, September 13.
THE MDU Football and Netball Club will host this year’s Alberton Grand Final on Saturday, September 13.
MDU Football Club president Adrian Coulter said the grand final appointment was fantastic news for the club.
“All clubs got the opportunity to express their interest and we were lucky enough to be chosen,” he said.
“It’s good reward for the hard work that’s been done to improve the facility.”
The performance of the Demons’ senior side in 2014 is not the only improvements around the club, with the recent upgrade of change rooms courtesy of the Footy Show’s Tough Love competition and the new netball courts at the beginning of the year.
The grand final appointment has raised a few eyebrows but Adrian said the ground’s surface has improved as a result of a new drainage system.
“The drainage on the ground has been a three-year project by volunteers and has left the ground up to standard,” he said.
“It’s got a five week break now with no matches before the grand final.”
With no club applying for the grand final last year, the football and netball matches were held at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve.
Alberton director of Football & Netball Operations Barry Stride said the netball courts were the reason that Wonthaggi was ruled out as a venue this year.
“The netball courts at Wonthaggi are not up to standard. They weren’t up to standard last year and there were complaints,” he said.
“We’ve got to cater for both football and netball.”
This is a stark contrast to the new netball courts at the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve, which were opened before Round 1 this season and have been enjoyed by netballers.
Barry said the Round 11 match at Meeniyan, where ex-Collingwood players Chris Tarrant and Alan Didak played for MDU in front of a large crowd, proved that the club can run a successful day.
The MDU president agreed with this view.
“In a way the Collingwood game was a practice run for what’s ahead,” Adrian said.
“It’s been a good team effort from everyone and the support of the recreation reserve has been great.”
Kilcunda-Bass and Dalyston will have the first week of the finals off before meeting in the second semi-final at Phillip Island.
The 1st Elimination final between 3rd and 6th will be played at Fish Creek on the Saturday.
Phillip Island will remain in third position regardless of results with Inverloch-Kongwak having the bye this weekend.
The match of the round this week between Korumburra-Bena and MDU will shape the remaining positions on the ladder.
A win for Korumburra-Bena would see them equal on points with Inverloch-Kongwak, and if they make up the 2.83 percentage difference the Bulldogs will finish in fourth position.
A loss would see MDU jump ahead into 5th position with it unlikely that the Demons will be able to make up the big percentage difference to knock Inverloch-Kongwak out of fourth spot.
Kilcunda-Bass has also been awarded for the improvements made to their facilities, with the 2nd Elimination final between 4th and 5th to be played on the Sunday at Bass.
Of the remaining finals, Stony Creek will host the 1st Semi Final and the Preliminary Final will be held at Inverloch.