HOME-ground advantage should be an added reward for some teams in the Hampden league finals series, according to North Warrnambool Eagles coach David Haynes.
Haynes said teams finishing higher on the ladder at the end of the home-and-away season should be given hosting rights in at least the first two weeks of the finals series.
“The AFL does it,” he said.
“It puts more emphasis on the ladder than just finishing top three.
“You have to get some sort of advantage for finishing second, rather than third.”
Haynes said Cobden, which finished second, was treated the same as third-placed Warrnambool in the first week of the finals, while there was nothing distinguishing fourth and fifth.
“Cobden finished second and had to play at Terang and now Koroit,” he said.
“You do all the work throughout the year and then the Hampden league decides where to play the finals.”
He said the grand final should be played at Reid Oval but venues for other finals should be determined by onfield performances.
Hampden Football Netball League president Bob Guiney said he understood Haynes’ argument.
“Let’s say Warrnambool were entitled to get a home final, what happens if District league is playing a final at Reid Oval?” he said.
“Your whole system is shot before it started.”
Guiney said finals venues were based on several considerations, including where a majority of teams competing came from.