Geelong Falcons coach Dan O’Keefe says showcasing the Colac district’s TAC Cup talent in their own back yard is an exciting move for future footballers.
The Falcons will play at least three of their home-and-away games at the revamped Colac Central Reserve in 2017, signalling the TAC Cup’s return to the venue for premiership points for the first time since 2007.
Geelong’s inaugural VFL Women’s team is also set to play games at the venue this season.
Central Reserve’s $3.05-million redevelopment, due for completion next month, includes a new pavilion, coaches’ boxes, showers and storage space, and the refurbishment of the existing grandstand.
Geelong has played practice matches at the venue in the past decade, but officials have failed to schedule TAC Cup home-and-away matches in Colac due to the standard of the off-field facilities.
Incoming Falcons coach O’Keefe said the club was thrilled have more of a presence in Colac ahead of the 2017 season, which starts this weekend.
Geelong has nine Colac district footballers on its list in 2017, which includes six Colac Tigers who call Central Reserve home at club level.
“I’m excited by it, so I’m sure the Colac boys we’ve got on our list are too,” O’Keefe said.
“We’ve got at least three games there, which is great because I’ve played there in the past and it’s a great surface and it’ll be great to show the other part of our region than Geelong what we’re all about.
“Geelong’s an hour down the highway, so it’ll be great for us to get as many people there as we can.”
O’Keefe said it was important to promote the AFL pathway competition in Colac, which has a solid history of producing elite footballers.
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