Super Saturday under review

FINDING willing opponents looms as the biggest hurdle for the two clubs behind the Super Saturday football-netball showcase.

The fourth edition of Super Saturday, run by neighbouring clubs Terang Mortlake and Kolora-Noorat, went ahead on the weekend.

Terang Recreation Reserve hosted the top-grade football and netball matches while Noorat Recreation Reserve hosted the minor fixtures.

The concept started to much fanfare in 2011, with the showcase matches alternating between Noorat (2011, 2013) and Terang (2012, 2014) in that time.

But with four years under their belts, the clubs will soon weigh up whether to persist with the multi-league initiative.

Club officials will discuss the issue at committee level before having talks with each other and their respective leagues.

Terang Mortlake vice-president Robert Arundell was unsure if the Hampden league Bloods would be keen for Super Saturday to continue for two more years.

Arundell said the Bloods’ committee would need to meet first, although he was encouraged by the “good crowd” which braved the wet weather.

Kolora-Noorat president Trevor Beasley said he was also uncertain whether the Warrnambool and District league club would want to push forward with the initiative.

“The thoughts are at the moment it’s had four years, it’s been terrific and it’s been good for the community as far as showcasing the footy and netball,” he said.

“The concept is still a good concept. We’ve got to go back to our club to have another committee meeting and find out whether support is still there for the concept.”

Beasley said he believed the clubs’ fans backed Super Saturday.  

“From what I can tell, the supporters still like it,” he said.

But he acknowledged the ongoing battle to convince rival clubs to be the visitors for the day.

Finding enough volunteers to fulfil the various match-day roles is the biggest issue for away clubs, which often have fewer resources available than for home matches.

HFNL clubs Warrnambool, South Warrnambool and Koroit and WDFNL clubs Panmure and Timboon Demons have been the visitors on Super Saturday over the four years.

“The concept is great, it showcases to everyone in the community the football and netball side of it, there’s no question it’s a good thing,” Beasley said.

“But you’ve got to find someone willing to come on board. We’re asking for them to go a little bit away from the norm to pull it out.

“If everyone isn’t 100 per cent behind it, it can’t work. It’s just too big a thing to organise without 100 per cent support from everyone.”

afawkes@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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