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By Stuart Biggins
EXPECT this year’s Alberton Football
Netball League Grand Final venue to
have the welcome mat out on Saturday,
Meeniyan Dumbalk United FNC officials are
delighted to be hosting the league’s ultimate event
for the third year in row.
While the league had designated Foster as
the town to host the 2016 grand final, concerns
arose given the chance Foster itself will be on
the ground on grand final day and in line with the
league‘s policy of allowing neither finalist a home
ground advantage, the decision was reviewed.
The official position was if one of the grand fi-
nalists is the host club, another club is given seven
That might have worked in the past when the
amount of food and beverages ordered and the
number of outlets provided, the size of the army of
volunteers required, the amount of parking needed
and everything else that goes towards mounting a
successful ‘show day’ was left to chance.
Once upon a time too, a last minute run over
with the mower might have sufficed; not anymore.
Today, on such a special day out, people ex-
pect to find the ante has been upped and as the
host club for the past two grand finals that is ex-
actly what MDU sets out to provide.
The grand final is a fortnight away but MDU’s
curators, Wayne Cook and Darryl Sinclair, have
been working overtime to ensure that the ground
itself is in the best possible condition.
Wayne Cook said, “The ground is shaping up
well. There was a wet patch but we have dried that
up and we have been lucky with a couple of weeks
of finer weather.
“The ground should be in every bit as a good
shape as it was last year.”
On your marks: Inverloch-Kongwak have looked like rising above the pack for most of
the season; Louis Rankin takes a strong chest mark as the club continues its quest to leave
Alberton Football Netball League with one last premiership. Photo by Mark Drury.
Mark Lafferty, who everyone knows has
coached the Seniors for the last four years, is also
the clubman – a qualified grass curator – who cuts
What people don’t know is that in the lead up
to the grand final Mr Lafferty will have cut the
grass every day for four weeks so the surface will
be criss-cross picture perfect for that one day in
As well, on the day the boundary lines, goal
squares, centre circle, 50 metre arcs and Senior
finalists’ logos painted on the ground will all be
That is the kind of effort that makes MDU a
great club and why grand final day will be another
Alberton success story.
Last year MDU was responsible for provision
of both food and beverages and the volunteer ros-
ter was over 150 strong.
With no bar staff required this year (Kilcunda-
Bass FNC is rostered in charge of beer) between
70 and 80 volunteers are required to assist with
two hour stints to keep the masses well fed.
Under the direction of the club president An-
drew Mackie everything is under control but it is
still one hundred and one odd jobs to bring it all
Kind of like having guests for dinner and a
long tick list to have all in place when the door
In this case the gates open at 7am but people
will have been parked out since Friday after-
noon or arrived as early as 4am to ensure a prime
boundary viewing spot.
Cars entering the ground are inspected by se-
curity provided for the league for alcohol and if
you pass muster there, entry is $12 dollars per
adult which must be one of the best priced days
The police will make their presence visible at
the ground in case of any rogue elements.
DALYSTON Youth Girls team has again
stamped its authority on the competition
with a grand final win 3.11.29 over Phil-
lip Island 3.1.19
Coach Ella Angarane described the win as a
real team effort.
This is the Dalyston Youth Girls team’s second
year in the competition.
Traralgon won the flag but Dalyston has the
taste of the sweet victory this year.
Ms Angarane said, “We should have sealed it
much sooner; we missed a lot of opportunities to
It was late in the game when Chelsea Wilson
kicked the goal that sealed Dalyston’s win.
Sweet victory: the Dalyston Youth Girls
team know how sweet it is to come out on
top as they celebrate their 10 point win over
Girls get the taste
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