On Sunday, Australian broadcasting television network SBS covered the NPL Victoria Senol Triple Header.
Three matches took place, with Dandenong Thunder successfully maintaining their top flight status by defeating NPL2 East side Bulleen Lions. Bulleen’s day went from bad to worse as their women’s team, the defending champions, were dethroned by Calder United.
Finally, in the main event, Bentleigh Greens completed a memorable finals campaign with a dramatic win on penalties against the heavily favoured Avondale.
In a first for @footballvic, Australia’s most popular football platform, SBS' @TheWorldGame, will livestream the entire @nplvictoria 2019 Senol Triple Header at AAMI Park on Sunday, exposing Victorian football to thousands more. Read here:https://t.co/9kQTQEH14h#LiveLoveFootball pic.twitter.com/XTHMgjPhOt
— NPL Victoria (@nplvictoria) September 13, 2019
Overall, it was a great showcase for the game at the semi-professional level in Victoria.
Keeping in mind that SBS covered the event on their online streaming service, Sunday has become a landmark day in the history of Victorian soccer.
The exposure these sides and players will gain as a result is astronomical. A-League and W-League sides will have already had scouts at these games, but now more people will have taken notice. Junior players tied to clubs in these leagues will have taken inspiration from seeing their seniors play on Australia’s home of soccer.
Rapt that we’re able to bring the local game to more football fans. 💪 https://t.co/VR46hMRMJY
— Lucy Zelić (@LucyZelic) September 13, 2019
The NPL has toiled away for years now in the hopes of something like this coming to fruition. Now, the sport at this level seems to finally be getting the attention and respect it has more than earned. We can only hope that Sunday’s historic day can be merely the beginning for the local game.