Footy finals success
PORTLAND’S hosting of its first Hampden League football and netball finals on Saturday has been heralded as a huge success, with a massive crowd flocking through the gates to a well-run day.
Portland Football Netball Cricket Club president Michael Carr hopes the successful hosting of the Hampden Football Netball League second semi-final at Hanlon Park will translate into opportunities in the future.
It was the first time Portland has hosted a final since joining the Hampden League in 2013, and the first for the Tigers since 2009 when it hosted an elimination final during its days in the Western Border league.
The major highlight of the day for Tigers’ supporters came on the netball courts, where the division three side won through to the grand final, defeating North Warrnambool Eagles by seven goals.
Other features of the day included the senior football clash which saw Port Fairy upset minor premiers Koroit, while in the open netball, Koroit defeated North Warrnambool Eagles.
While proceeds from the gate went to the league, Portland took away proceeds from the club’s canteen, alcohol booth, barbecue shed and raffle.
A roaring crowd was a feature throughout the day, and Mr Carr said it was excellent to see supporters from all Hampden clubs come across.
“The feedback we received from the league officials is that the day went fantastically, they were very happy with the gate and the club was very happy with the crowd and the support we got from not only the Portland community, but the Hampden league supporters,” Mr Carr said.
“I was also very happy with the more than 50 volunteers who put their hand up to come and help run the day; that was the big positive for me.
“The feedback from Peter Watson, the Hampden league president, is that they were very happy with the crowd.
“We didn’t know how big the crowd was going to be, because it was our first final, but the crowd was bigger than any of the other finals that I’ve been to this year.
“We did have a helping hand with the weather, and it’s also helpful when you have the top two teams in both the football and netball, who will probably be playing in the grand final, as the feature games.
“The clubs also said that we had the best afternoon tea selection they’d ever seen.”