Lavington, Wangaratta again bid for grand final host rights

LAVINGTON and Wangaratta will again square off for the right to host this year’s O and M grand final after finals applications closed this week.

Eight of the league’s 10 clubs have put their hand up to host a final, with Lavington Oval and Norm Minns Oval the two venues in the running for the decider.

Yarrawonga and Wodonga Raiders did not submit a tender.

The board is expected to vote on finals venues at its next meeting early next month, with chairman Graeme Patterson holding the deciding vote.

The fact Lavington is in contention to figure in the biggest game of the season could play a part in the decision, with the league believed to be keen on avoiding homeground advantage if possible.

Meanwhile, the merits of a player points system was just one topic brought up at a delegates meeting on Wednesday.

O and M general manager Aaron McGlynn said no concrete ideas were thrown up and it was just informal discussion.

He said it was clear increasing player payments were the main concern.

“A few discussed points systems, but the concern of the majority of the clubs was the escalation of player payments, which is what AFL Victoria is looking into,” he said.

“That was the crux of it.

“From the feedback, equalisation is yet to come up at club board level.”