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Crowning moment for Werribee

Werribee’s Avalon Airport Oval will host a JLT Series match between North Melbourne and St Kilda on March 2. (Werribee Football Club Image/Mitch Brown)

WERRIBEE officials are confident the ‘Full House’ sign will go up outside Avalon Airport Oval when North Melbourne and St Kilda meet in the first AFL pre-season game to be played at the venue.

Less than a week after being granted an AFL Women’s home-and-away match, the Tigers’ received news its upgraded facility at Chirnside Park will host the Roos and Saints on Saturday, March 2.

“This is why we asked for this facility to be built in this city,” Werribee CEO Mark Penaluna.

“It’s a huge growth area within Australia; it’s going to be the size of Tasmania. And it’s been recognised as the major events’ venue for Wyndham.

“To go from local league finals to TAC Cup, the inaugural TAC Cup Girls Grand Final, and now to have AFL Women’s and a JLT match, we’re ecstatic.”

Capacity for the match will be 4500, and Penaluna says some temporary improvements required to bring the venue up to standard for the match.

“There’ll be some extra seating required for the benches. We have twenty-five seats on the bench, but we need additional seating in there,” he said.

“So, we’ll work through with the AFL on how it might look.

“But, they’re more than comfortable with the facilities we have here.”

It will be a homecoming of sorts for North Melbourne trio Ben Brown, Luke McDonald and Majak Daw.

All three represented Werribee before being drafted by the Roos.

“I played a lot of footy on this ground,” Brown said.

“I really love that you do get to go out and play games at some of the more local and community footy grounds (in pre-season).

“It gives you that little bit more of an atmosphere like you used to play when you were a bit younger.”

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