Despite initial reports suggesting that Ballarat would host the 2019 Dockerty Cup final, Kingston Heath Soccer Complex has been announced as the host venue for the contest.
Confirmed: The 2019 Dockerty Cup Grand Final, proudly presented by @MitreSports, will be held on Saturday, August 10 at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Cheltenham. #DockertyCup #LiveLoveFootball pic.twitter.com/ihZGqan7sl
— Football Victoria (@footballvic) July 9, 2019
The news came prior to the first of the two semi finals, which took place last night. Hume City eked out a 1-0 win against NPL2 West ladder leaders Moreland Zebras, booking their tickets in the big final.
NPL2 East promotion contenders Bulleen Lions will face the Melbourne Knights tonight to see who will progress and face the team from Broadmeadows.
Kingston Heath (home of the Bentleigh Greens) being announced as the host venue for the final came as a surprise to some people, with many believing the game would be held in Ballarat.
Regional Victoria has been crying out for some mainstream exposure and the decision to not move the final to Ballarat has upset some people.
Yet again regional victoria is ignored.
— Mate Vucak (@MVucak) July 9, 2019
Peter, I think there needs to be more of a regional roadshow not only with finals but with NPL blockbuster games. This will boost local economy, create tourism and jobs in regional towns. The success of the Daylesford polo was proof in the pudding.
— Stace Ioannidis (@StaceIoan) July 9, 2019
However, despite the understandable disappointment from some, FV CEO Peter Filopoulos has decreed the intention to host a final in regional Victoria is still there.
— Peter Filopoulos (@peterfilopoulos) July 9, 2019
It would be a great sight to see a cup final in Ballarat. The facilities in the Golden City are tremendous, making it ripe for the picking. But clearly, FV have struggled to organise it this season, meaning we will need to be a little more patient.
But for some, patience is running thin.
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