All three of the Goulburn Valley League football grand finals will be live streamed this year, bringing the game to more fans than ever.
Positions for a place in the deciders are still up for grabs with this weekend’s action going a long way to deciding which sides will be showcased on the GVL’s biggest day.
The GVL senior football preliminary final on Sunday, September 16 at Shepparton’s Deakin Reserve will also be live streamed, ensuring the biggest matches of the year will be accessible to all.
GVL chairman David Roff said he was excited to help the league’s reach grow beyond the immediate region.
‘‘I just think it’s a great way to try and get the message out and expose the league to a lot of new people,’’ Roff said.
‘‘We had been concerned that it might have had an impact on the gate takings, but it’s a real opportunity to promote the game and show it to people who can’t make it because they’re interstate or overseas and we’ve had some interest from the Kyabram nursing home.’’
McPherson Media Group has been selected from a tender process to call, produce and distribute the matches on Sunday, September 23, with the stream to be available on the group’s mastheads including the Shepparton News, Riverine Herald, Seymour Telegraph and Kyabram Free Press.
Roff said the ability to watch the game online or listen to the radio coverage while at the ground gave supporters a number of options to add to their enjoyment of grand final day.
‘‘Along with enabling people to watch the game, promotion through the Shepp News channels will also raise awareness of the games and encourage people to come along and see it live,’’ Roff said.
‘‘We’re excited at the opportunities this brings for supporters, the league and our sponsors.’’
The day will not just be about football and the stream will also include coverage of netball scores, as well as footage from the court during half-time of each of the football matches.
McPherson Media Group has live streamed Shepparton’s defeat of Echuca in round nine this year and successfully covered Murray Football League matches and medal counts.
The Morrison Medal and Wellman Family Medal presentation night will be live streamed from Shepparton RSL on Monday, September 17, beginning the build up to the biggest day on the GVL calendar.