This year’s Alberton FNL Grand Final is widely tipped to be a rematch between Dalyston and Phillip Island – the two dominant teams of this year’s competition. m433714

This year’s Alberton FNL Grand Final is widely tipped to be a rematch between Dalyston and Phillip Island – the two dominant teams of this year’s competition. m433714

MDU is set to host the Alberton FNL grand final again following the great success of last year’s event at the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve.
Alberton FNL director of Special Events and Publicity, Dean Cashin, said MDU was chosen based on last year’s efforts and the current condition of the ground.
“The grand final is chosen on which ground we think is in good nick and clubs are asked to put in applications to host a final and the grand final,” he said.
“It was fantastic last year; the weather’s always a factor and we were lucky with the weather last year.”
This year’s finals series will kick off on Saturday, August 22 with DWWWW hosting an elimination final (3rd v 6th) at Alberton West and the Allies will be in charge of the catering.
The following day will see Tarwin host the other elimination final (4th v 5th) on Sunday, August 23 and Tarwin has the catering.
The improvement of Korumburra-Bena’s ground has seen the Giants rewarded with the second semi final on Saturday, August 29, which will see 1st placed Dalyston take on 2nd placed Phillip Island in a highly-anticipated contest at the Korumburra Showgrounds.
The Giants will also have the catering on the Saturday.
The first semi final between the winners of the elimination finals will be hosted and catered by Toora on Sunday, August 30.
The preliminary final will once again take place at Inverloch on Saturday September 5, with Foster looking after the catering.
MDU is fortunate to have the catering on grand final day in a huge day for the club.
Although some clubs were unlucky to miss out on a final this year, Mr Cashin explained that the catering roster is taken into account when choosing finals venues.
“The cost of a club catering at someone else’s club is much greater than catering at their own. It’s a lot easier and a lot cheaper for clubs to be able to do catering on the day they’ve got the final,” he said.
“To ask the Allies or Toora to come down and cater at Inverloch or Korumburra would cause huge problems for the clubs to coordinate that.
“Where we can we try to line up catering, unless there are some problems with grounds.
“The starting point is to try to align the catering with ground availability, rather than having to travel to do catering.”
He said home-ground advantages are also taken into account.
“We look at the clubs making applications for finals, and then we look at the draw and try to manage it so we don’t have any clubs with home senior finals if we can.”