Goulburn Valley Football League grand final entertainment ideas are discussed.By Ashleigh Williamson
The Goulburn Valley Football League needs more entertainment to fill the waiting time on its lengthy grand final day.
The under-17 netball and under-18 football deciders started at 9.15
Kyabram and Shepparton United finished the last of the day’s seven premiership deciders — in the senior football — about 5
That is about an eight-hour day full of half-time breaks and waiting from the end of premiership presentations to the start of new matches.
Organising a GVFL grand final sprint could be simple (with 12 fully supportive clubs) and keep the crowd entertained.
A grand final sprint would be best suited at half-time of the senior football match, if it did not clash with the A-grade netball decider.
If there was a clash, having the sprint between the end of reserves football presentations and the national anthem before the seniors and A-grade could work.
The values used to explain the concept are examples.
The league could ask each club to contribute $100 — $1200 in total.
High-spending clubs pay players $1000-plus a game, so surely each club could spare $100 for a one-off event to enhance the league’s biggest day of the year?
A business could pay $1500 to be the sprint’s naming rights sponsor (such as Metricon with The News’ GVFL tipping contest this year), totalling the sprint’s prize money to $2700.
Clubs would be restricted to nominating one player to represent it in the sprint.
Imagine the internal competition that could create between teammates claiming they are their club’s fastest sprinter.
The two clubs participating in the senior grand final could nominate a reserves or under-18 footballer.
The sprint winner would earn $1500, with $700 for second and $50 for the other 10 runners to cover their grand final admission cost and food and drink after the event.
The News would profile each sprint entrant in the week before the grand final to build the event’s anticipation and give the sponsor value for money.
There would be no need to mark a 100
Footballers can be trusted to run 100
The only issue with having a sprint would be getting everyone off the ground to avoid children kicking footballs onto the track during the race — sorry, youngsters!
That should not cause too much upset — it would only take the GVFL’s fastest sprinters about 13 seconds to cover 100
The News would, obviously, cover the sprint with stories and photos in Monday’s grand final review edition (again, giving the sponsor value for money).
Is there any losers out of such a scenario?
Chris Atkins, a logical-thinking school teacher, has played in three GVFL grand finals for Kyabram and watched countless others.
‘‘Afro’’ said a long-kicking contest would be a good idea, suggesting his Bombers premiership teammate Tom Sheldon would win it comfortably.
United’s Tim Looby and Seymour’s Paul Colbert can roost the Sherrin, too.
Such debates could quite easily be settled.
So, how about it GVFL?
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