By Nick Creely
AFL Outer East has announced the venues ahead of the 2019 finals series, with Pakenham set to host the Premier Division grand final on Friday 27 September.
The Lions will host what is expected to a massive occasion on AFL Grand Final eve to cap off the first season of the competition, with over a dozen more clubs set to host finals in what is set to draw plenty of large crowds.
The other venues set to host the senior grand finals are Woori Yallock (Division 1) and Yarra Glen (Division 2), with the Women’s competition decider to be hosted by Thornton-Eildon, but held at the Kilsyth Recreation Reserve, the home base for the AFL Outer East and the Eastern Ranges.
“We have aimed to provide as many clubs as possible with the opportunity to host finals, across all competitions,” region general manager Aaron Bailey told the Outer East website.
“The facility development that has occurred in the Yarra Ranges, Casey and Cardinia councils has seen many venues now capable of hosting major fixtures, which has allowed this spread to occur.”
Bailey added that it was important that no senior side was given a home ground advantage in the crunch finals.
“Through the process of selecting finals, the commission was mindful of ensuring that there was an even spread of feature finals across the region,” he said.
“With neutral venues in senior football a priority, we have endeavoured to utilise venues that provide an even contest for competing clubs.”
“Pleasingly, we have seen many clubs host major finals for the first time. The new base of the AFL Outer East has provided the opportunity for Thornton-Eildon to host a grand final.”
Here is the full list of the finals venues:
WEEK ONE (SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER) – Berwick and Doveton
WEEK TWO (SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER) – Pakenham and Doveton
PRELIMINARY FINAL (SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER) – Healesville
GRAND FINAL (FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER) – Pakenham
WEEK ONE (SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER) – Beaconsfield* and Gembrook-Cockatoo
WEEK TWO (SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER) – Woori Yallock and Olinda Ferny Creek
PRELIMINARY FINAL (SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER) – Beaconsfield
GRAND FINAL (SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER) – Woori Yallock
* Beaconsfield will host all netball in week one of finals.
WEEK ONE (SATURDAY 24 AUGUST) – Woori Yallock (co-hosted by Yea) and Yarra Junction (co-hosted by Powelltown)
WEEK TWO (SATURDAY 31 AUGUST) – Healesville and Mount Evelyn
PRELIMINARY FINAL (SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER) – Monbulk
GRAND FINAL (SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER) – Yarra Glen*
* Subject to change
WEEK ONE (SATURDAY 18 AUGUST) – Upwey-Tecoma
PRELIMNARY FINAL (SATURDAY 25 AUGUST) – Upwey Tecoma
GRAND FINAL (SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER) – Kilsyth Recreation Reserve (Hosted by Thornton-Eildon)