The township of Nirranda is abuzz with grand final excitement as its football and netball teams fight for premiership glory on Saturday.
Senior football coach Shane Threlfall said it was the first time the club had four senior sides playing in the Warrnambool and District Football Netball League Grand Final and it was a great achievement.
He said it was standing room only at the clubrooms on Thursday night after the teams’ final training sessions.
“It’s created enormous excitement for all supporters,” Threlfall said. “ There was lots of young kids out there having a kick of the footy. It’s just a great environment to be around. The whole community’s abuzz.”
Threlfall said they would have a good following at Warrnambool’s Reid Oval. “The Nirranda people certainly get out and support our football and netball teams.
“From a coaching staff and player point of view, we really appreciate all the support from our volunteers and all the supporters who cheer us on every week.”
Nullawarre and District Primary School acting principal Sarah Langman said it was a similar story in the schoolyard and the grand final had been a “hot topic each and every morning”.
“They’re so excited and pumped about all of their teams playing in the finals,” Mrs Langman said.
She said a lot of the students had a connection to Nirranda and some had helped to decorate the town with streamers, balloons and banners.
“It brings that energy and excitement to the community about all the hard work they put in this season. It’s paid off for them and we wish them all the best for the finals.
“The kids are really excited and pumped and there will be lots of families and kids there to support their teams.”
Nirranda’s senior footballers play Old Collegians, while the reserves will be looking to defeat South Rovers. In the netball, the Nirranda A grade side will line up against Dennington and the A reserve team will take to the court with Timboon Demons.
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