WARRNAMBOOL and District league chiefs are estimating a solid rise in finals crowd figures.
Figures obtained by The Standard indicate crowd figures rose by 15 per cent overall on last year across the league's four-week finals series.
The numbers show more than 3000 people descended upon Reid Oval in total to watch a bumper 10 grades of football and netball on Saturday.
About 2000 spectators are estimated to have watched on in the first half of Kolora-Noorat's 36-point defeat of Nirranda in the senior football.
(Finals) certainly went pretty well for everybody concerned.Michael Harrison
Warrnambool and District Football Netball league president Michael Harrison described the finals series as a widespread success.
"It certainly went pretty well for everybody concerned," Harrison said.
"The weather was certainly kinder to us this year than last. There was some good football and netball played and some really interesting results."
The second-year president said a spread of clubs featuring in finals held the league in strong stead.
"We had nine clubs play on grand final day and although some of them doubled up as winners in footy and netball, we had lots of different clubs there," Harrison said.
"It's fantastic to have lots of different premiers as lots get a taste of glory.
"There were plenty of upset winners as well and it was good to see some underdogs getting up."
AFL Western District operations coordinator Mat Milne said the league used a new system to gather data throughout finals.
Milne said the data would help the league in the future.
"We have been able to accurately capture the number of people attending games across the finals series and the different demographics of people," he said.
"This will help us better cater for these individuals in the future."
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