Grand day at the football: Thousands of fans flock to City Oval to see Wentworth claim premiership

Sunraysia Football Netball League president Trevor Heaft said the crowd at the grand final voted with their feet.

The grand final returned to City Oval for the first time since 2006, with about 5000 people witnessing one of the greatest grand finals in SFNL history.

Trailing by 17 points halfway through the final term, Wentworth managed to kick the final four goals of the game to win by seven points, despite having eight less scoring shots than Irymple.

Mr Heaft said official gate takings were still being counted yesterday, but it was estimated about $34,000 was collected.

Mr Heaft also said the gate takings for the three-week finals series was up about “20 to 25 per cent on last year”.

“We estimate there was about 4500 to 5000 people there on Saturday,” Mr Heaft said.

“I don’t think there’s any debate about the finals being held at Number One Oval anymore.

“If you had a look around the ground, the portable stands were full and the crowd on the ground was four or five deep.”

Mr Heaft said it was a great day of football in all three games that were played.

“In the under 18s, Mildura won by three points, Wentworth won by 10 points in the reserves but the lead changed hands two or three times in the last five minutes,” he said.

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