It’s the most historic and long-lasting soccer competition in Victoria, but the Dockerty Cup Final in 2020 will pave the way for future growth for the game.
For the first time in its 110 year history, the competition’s final will move to a regional Victorian venue, the inaugural one being Morshead Park in Ballarat.
Football Victoria CEO Peter Filopoulos announced the decision at the 2019 final between Melbourne Knights and Hume City, which could be the start of an exciting change up to capitalise on what the whole of Victoria has to offer.
Holding a cup final in a regional city like Ballarat is something we haven’t seen before, but the possibilities are endless to attract greater exposure to NPL Victoria clubs.
With most clubs based in metropolitan areas, going far and wide to regional areas is a positive switch which can clearly mix things up.
And in turn, those in the regional areas will get a rare chance to see the very best of NPL Victoria right in their own local ground.
While it may be seen as a one-off or an experiment, this is definitely something that can be prolonged as one of the showpiece games for FV.
Before the next final takes place in August, FV have committed to work with the City of Ballarat to get themselves ready for a groundbreaking occasion.
When you think about it, you’ve got to think this can be a real success with the neutrals from Ballarat and fans travelling from far and wide to support their club.
Take the Western Bulldogs in the AFL for example, who play a couple of home-and-away games each season at Mars Stadium in Ballarat.
It’s been proven that locals in Ballarat can get behind a team and sport, so for FV’s Dockerty Cup Final it shouldn’t be any different.