KOROIT’S Victoria Park will host a final for the second consecutive week after the Hampden Football Netball League opted to take Sunday’s first semi-final to the ground.
HFNL chief executive officer Mike Farrow yesterday announced Port Fairy’s Gardens Oval as the venue for Saturday’s second semi-final, with Koroit holding the first semi-final.
The decision to go with Port Fairy comes just two weeks after the ground was flooded and much of the around-the-ground parking fenced off. The warm and windy weather late last week has helped the ground recover sufficiently.
Farrow said the playing surface was good and the parking areas had dried out.
“They had been able to mow it on Friday and then with the weather on Saturday and Sunday it’s good,” he said.
He said Koroit’s ground surface had received rave reviews from players and officials during Sunday’s elimination final, where North Warrnambool Eagles defeated Camperdown in the senior football match.
Farrow said the league considered several factors in choosing grounds.
He said a majority of the 18 teams competing on Sunday were based in the western end of the league, six were from the east and three from Hamilton in the north.
The geography wasn’t the deciding consideration, with the ground condition, comfort of spectators and netball facilities also playing a role.
Undercover viewing areas for both football and netball were important, he said.
The league was pleased with the opening weekend of its finals series, with gate takings on par with last year.
Farrow said Saturday’s qualifying final, in which Warrnambool defeated Cobden by nine points, had drawn a good crowd to Terang Recreation Reserve.
Gate takings were almost identical to last year for the same game, also held at Terang. The 2012 figure was about 20 per cent up on 2011.
It was a similar story at Victoria Park on Sunday. The similar bottom line was about 25 per cent more than 2011.