KOROIT’s Victoria Park will play host to the Hampden league junior grand finals on Sunday.
League officials yesterday allocated the football and netball grand finals to the High Street ground for the second consecutive year.
Cobden will feature in both football matches, taking on South Warrnambool in the under 16s and North Warrnambool Eagles in the under 14s. South Warrnambool plays Camperdown in the 16 and under netball while Warrnambool meets North Warrnambool Eagles in the 14 and under netball.
HFNL chief executive officer Mike Farrow said Victoria Park was a logical choice.
“We believe so,” he said.
‘‘With the weather their ground has been holding up very well.
“They’ve also got good facilities for netball as well as for shelter.”
Farrow said Terang Recreation Reserve was also an option but the Bloods had hosted the first two weeks of the finals series.
Playing at Friendly Societies’ Park, Cobden Recreation Reserve or Bushfield Recreation Reserve would have handed a football side a home-ground advantage.
Other HFNL grounds were in use on Saturday.
Farrow said the grand finals should be “ripping” matches.
“Cobden has done well to go straight through to the grand finals,” he said.
Meanwhile, week two of the Warrnambool and District league finals will be at Mortlake’s D. C. Farran Oval and Warrnambool’s Mack Oval.
D. C. Farran Oval will host second semi-final day on Saturday.
Unbeaten Kolora-Noorat takes on Panmure in the senior football and Panmure meets Old Collegians in the A grade netball.
Mack Oval is the venue for first semi-final day on Sunday.
Merrivale and Dennington will feature in both the senior football and A grade netball.
WDFNL president Justin Balmer said officials would implement “appropriate security measures” to ensure fans pay to enter Mack Oval.
The venue is accessible from various points, one of the reasons it had not hosted a WDFNL final before.
“If we have to take a hit we’ll take a hit,” he said.
“You want the game played on the best playable surface.”
Balmer said Mack Oval was the best of the available grounds in Warrnambool.
“Allansford was our preferred option but that was far too wet,” he said.
“We couldn’t go back to Merrivale, Collegians was too wet, the Walter (Oval) was too wet.
“We couldn’t get the Reid (Oval) on Saturday because Warrnambool is there.”
Balmer said the crowd for qualifying final day last Saturday was on par with 2012.
The elimination final crowd on Sunday was 300 people down on 2012, in a large part due to the weather.