O&M: It must be our turn

THE Ovens and Murray is confident of hosting next year’s Victorian Country Championship match against the Peninsula league.

League general manager Aaron McGlynn said yesterday the competition could mount a strong case for the home-ground advantage after playing Mornington- Peninsula at Frankston in 2011 and Peninsula at Visy Park last year.

“I would like to think we would be a good chance of playing at home again, having played Pensinula away two times in the past four years,” he said.

“Nothing is set in stone though. From our point of view, I would like to think we have a fair claim.”

The fact that Peninsula is higher ranked than the Ovens and Murray counts for little with officials scrapping that ruling several years ago after Goulburn Valley played a string of home matches.

Before Saturday’s win against Hampden at Norm Minns Oval, the last inter-league clash played on the Border was against Goulburn Valley at Lavington in 2010.

A decision is expected to made early next year.

McGlynn said the appointment of Yarrawonga star Brendan Fevola as coach had generated huge spinoffs for the league with the crowd well up on previous campaigns.

“A lot of people have their perceptions about Brendan before even speaking or meeting him, but he’s certainly very passionate about inter-league football and the game overall,” he said.

“His professionalism in regards to his media role has been fantastic and obviously his promotion is beneficial to the league as well.

“You always like as many as you can get to the game but speaking to people, it’s probably our biggest inter-league crowd in recent history at least.

“John O’Donohue said it was the biggest one he had seen around here.

“I thought it was 1600 to 1700 which is probably double what we had against the GV at Lavington a few years ago.

“I don’t think a fifth versus sixth game has drawn more media attention.”

Three radio stations covered the match as well as metropolitan and regional print and television media.