The whole idea behind the final series was to give the local league a focal point at the end of the season. Having attended the preliminary final between Perth and Stirling Lions it was surprising to read in the match day program that the biggest game of the season will be played at Inglewood’s 6PR stadium, with a kick off time of 1.30pm.
Apparently the State Leagues biggest day has been relegated to be the curtain raiser for the Perth Glory youth team’s National Youth League game. Surely, with all due respect to the youth league, this is the state’s ultimate football event after the Perth Glory?
To be a curtain raiser is unbelievable.
Of course now that the sport that we do not mention is replaying its grand final, as they would rather rip of their fans than give them a result on the day, there is talk that this could affect the crowd at the State Grand Final. After the result in that game yesterday Football West’s CEO Peter Hugg should have been onto his counterpart at Perth Glory, Paul Kelly, who let us not forget is still a Football West Board Member – despite the constitution – and should have been negotiating that the Grand Final be moved, and instead be the curtain raiser for the Perth Glory’s game against Brisbane Roar on Sunday. Now had that been arranged that would have benefitted the game for both the state league and also the Perth Glory.
Playing as a curtain raiser to the youth team devalues the season finale and also fails to benefit the game at all.
With a week to go, hopefully the powers will be will talk and as is their job will negotiate and make decisions that benefit the game.