Grand haul: Red Cliff’s victory over Imperials was the most-watched match in recent memory

SFNL grand final day takings were up $10,000 on last year with anestimated 7000 people flocking to City Oval to see Red Cliffs break a 14-year premiership drought.

The crowd was the biggest for an SFNL grand final in recent memory with about $35,000 collected at the gate alone, up $5500 from last year’s season decider.

SFNL administration manager Peter Walker said the grand final day takings, which included the bar, were up about $10,000.

The league’s overall takings for the three-week final series, which include gate and catering, were up about $5000.

“Overall for the finals series this year, we’ve picked up about $70,000,” he added. “But we’ve still got a fair few expenses – in excess of $40,000 – needed to put the show on.”

Meanwhile, about 1200 people attended the Millewa grand final at Lake Cullulleraine at the weekend, with $10,500 collected at the gate.

Walker said the league’s decision to return the SFNL grand final to City Oval from Henshilwood Oval in 2012 had paid dividends.

“You wouldn’t need to beEinstein to appreciate that there isn’t any other ground in the district that can accommodate that sort of crowd,” he said.

“There are doomsayers out there saying we should share the grand final around but most grounds wouldn’t be able to cope with the numbers.

“People have voted with their feet and are happy to come to City Oval.

“Throughout the year we have people saying the ground doesn’t provide much atmosphere but once you start getting 6000 and 7000 people through the gate, it ramps up, which was evident on grand final day with a sensational turnout.”

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