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Gerard Fitzgerald calls for VFL to return to Ballarat

Calls for a VFL alignment to return to Ballarat footy

08 May 2020

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Former North Ballarat Roosters coach Gerard FitzGerald has flagged the idea of Ballarat once again being home to a VFL side, or at least partnering with an AFL club.

He says there's no reason the partnership the Western Bulldogs already have with the City of Ballarat couldn't also be a football one, similar to the set up the Roosters once had with North Melbourne.

 

FitzGerald has also come out in support of Mars Stadium being used for additional AFL games if a hub system is deemed safe.

 

Earlier this week Bulldog's President Peter Gordon said the club was committed to playing in Ballarat when safe to do so, even if no crowds are allowed.

Wally from Will...
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digs, is Mars Stadium used other than for Bulldogs games there twice a year?

digs

Gets a fair amount of use Wal !  

Has been used for Rugby, Soccer, BFL & Central Highlands League Grand finals, Crusty Demons etc as well as being used as a home base for the North Ballarat team in the BFL for playing & training.

Like Fitzy's idea but who is going to fund & run the team ???........Big ask !

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MegaA
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I wouldnt be suprised if Western United gets the venue for free as it seems like the only reason that they would chose a venue over 100ks away from its target base. Probably the agreement is fot them to bring in the crowd and the venue will get all catering costs etc. As nothing else is being played there at that time of year they are probably happy to get some money in during the summer.

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billythekid

 digs What sort of crowds do the locak footy leagues get for their finals?

digs

Central Highlands League do very well but the BFL struggle & a lot depend on whose playing, Clubs from the eastern area Sunbury Melton etc are not very well patronised Billy.

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