WARRNAMBOOL and District league officials are celebrating their second-biggest gate taking for a grand final.
A crowd of about 4500 packed Reid Oval on Saturday as Panmure took the senior football spoils and Old Collegians caused an upset in the A grade netball decider.
The figure translated to a gate of almost $33,000, just shy of the $33,500 record set in 2011.
WDFNL president Justin Balmer said the grand final figure was remarkable considering the temperature peaked at 14 degrees on the day.
AFL club Geelong, which has strong support in the south-west, was in a qualifying final on Saturday afternoon, which would have also kept punters at home.
“The weather wasn’t on our side and Geelong was on the TV, that kept a few away,” Balmer said.
“We were more than happy with it and the prices were reasonable.”
Balmer said having nine clubs represented in the four football and six netball grand finals contributed to the bumper figure.
“That helps. The more clubs you’ve got, the better,” he said.
The gate takings across the four weeks of finals set a new record, eclipsing the previous mark, also set in 2011.
Finals were at Noorat Recreation Reserve, Merrivale Recreation Reserve and Mortlake’s D. C. Farran Oval, as well as Mack Oval and Reid Oval in Warrnambool.