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St Albans no certainty for GDFL finals

St Albans Reserve has hosted the majority of the GDFL’s finals since 1997. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

GDFL president Neville Whitley says the league hasn’t ruled out moving this year’s final series away from St Albans Reserve as uncertainty surrounds the upgrade of the venue’s netball courts.

GFL club St Albans has been forced to play its netball elsewhere in 2018, and there are question marks over whether improvements will be ready by late August.

krockfootball.com.au understands to apply the courts surface, the temperature needs to be above 20 degrees, a figure that is unlikely to be hit again consistently until late August.

Whitley has confirmed the issue will be discussed when club delegates meet on Wednesday night.

“Whether we play the netball at a separate ground for this year, such as Thomson or East Geelong – something that’s close – where we can fence it in and still charge for people to get in,” he said.

“Or do we move the whole finals series away from St Albans to an alternate ground.”

All bar a handful of minor finals have been played by at St Albans Reserve since 1997, with the GDFL leasing the venue from St Albans.

Whitley says the preference is to maintain it as the venue for football.

“It’s a good ground for our finals series. It caters for the football really well,” he said.

“I think our first option would be to keep out footy there and have our netball at another ground.”

Venues that are likely to be considered are West Oval, Myers Reserve and Keith Barclay Oval, which have the ability to be a lockout facility.

Twitter: @tom_king79

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