Upon the 2020 VFL fixture release, Lions members could have been excused for needing to dust off the Melways and look up some of the venues of the club’s home games.
With the much publicised redevelopment of Piranha Park ruling it out of hosting VFL games in 2020, the Lions had to think creatively to source venues for it’s 9 allocated “home” games.
The club worked to the VFL’s venue requirements criteria to create the club’s plan and ventured out to many metropolitan and regional Councils to increase interest in their premier venues potentially hosting VFL games in 2020.
One of the first councils to pick up on the idea was the Melton City Council and the club has worked with their Recreation team to schedule the first ever VFL match to be played at MacPherson Park, Melton which is currently undergoing a $12million stage one redevelopment of its own and will be ready in time for the game there.
Once the venue and date was agreed to Spagnuolo set out to choose an opponent for the game and after consultation with Williamstown FC an agreement was reached.
The date of the game is Saturday 27th June 2020 with the game scheduled to commence at 1pm.
Upon the announcement of the game in Melton, Coburg General Manager Sebastian Spagnuolo explained “It’s fantastic that in a year that will provide some logistical challenges for our club, we have been able to gain tremendous support from not only many Council’s but also our VFL counterparts who understand the difficulties of finding grounds that meet the basic requirements of being a VFL venue.”
“In this instance, the Melton Council have been great to work with and in the leadup to the game we will work alongside them and also the Melton Bloods FC to be able to put on a great day of VFL footy for not only the travelling Coburg members but also for the local community there in Melton and surrounds.”
“We engaged with Williamstown as a preferred opponent for the game given that they are aligned to the Western Jets as their NAB League affiliate club and Melton is in the Western Jets zone, so we see it as a win-win for both clubs and also the competition that there will be a VFL game in Melton, the first ever”
“Our club has had players from Melton over the past few years with Mark Orr (2015-2018) and Lachie Watkins (2018-9) the most notable but we also have Aaron Clarke on our list in 2020 who will be itching to be part of the Coburg side that plays that day in his hometown”
“The MacPherson Park redevelopment is going to provide the Melton sporting community with a premier sporting venue to be proud of, much like what we’re trying to achieve with our own redevelopment, so we’re really excited by this partnership for this game and can’t wait to get out there”
Melton City Council Mayor Lara Carli added said she looked forward to the Coburg Lions bringing state level football to the Melton community and making the most of a redeveloped MacPherson Park.
“We’re delighted to welcome the Coburg Lions and the Williamstown Seagulls to MacPherson Park for what will be the facility’s first ever VFL match,” Cr Carli said.
“To have this high level of football contested at MacPherson Park will be an exciting event for Melton residents, a spectacular way to celebrate the facility’s redevelopment and a prime opportunity to foster connections across the broader sporting community.
“This is a leading sporting facility and I’m confident the Lions will feel at home and ready for a competitive game here.”
A view of the MacPherson Park Oval from the new social clubroom
Inside the MacPherson Park social club room looking out to oval number 2
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