Geelong Wins AFL Premiership

Geelong Wins AFL Premiership

Victoria Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine

Cats Have Nine Lives … And Nine Premierships

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Regional Cities and avid Cats supporter Denis Napthine today congratulated the Geelong Football Club on winning its ninth VFL/AFL premiership.

Dr. Napthine said Geelong’s win over Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday was a fantastic result for the club, the town and regional Victoria.

“The Geelong Football Club is the highest profile organisation representing regional Victoria on Australia’s stage.” Dr. Napthine said.

“The Cats provide enormous exposure for regional Victoria on a national scale and every week when Geelong players run on to the field of battle they are representing regional Victoria.”

“Because of that the Geelong Football Club is the perfect ambassador for promoting all the fantastic things regional Victoria has to offer.”

“As regional Victoria’s sole AFL club, the Cats have demonstrated beyond any doubt that, no matter what part of this great state you are from, you can achieve great things at the very highest level.” Dr. Napthine said.

“Three premierships in the past five years is proof of that and this achievement puts this Cats team up there with the finest that have ever played our national game.”

“Collingwood also deserves to be congratulated for making back-to-back grand finals and fighting hard to defend its title.”

Dr. Napthine said a Geelong premiership would deliver a significant economic boost to the town through pre-game events like last week’s open training session at Skilled Stadium and post-game celebrations at the ground, which would attract thousands of well-wishers.

“As much as this win will deliver a great boost to Geelong’s economy, it will also bring huge social benefits to the town and regional Victoria.” Dr. Napthine said.

“There is a feel-good factor that comes with supporting the premiership team that instills a great sense of pride and makes people walk tall.”

“The Victorian Government understands the value of the Geelong Football Club to the town and its supporters.”

“That is one of the many reasons we announced in April a $25 Million commitment to make Skilled Stadium bigger and better, with a redeveloped Doug Wade Stand, including a new Community Wellness and Education Centre.”

“The redevelopment will increase the stadium’s capacity to 34,500 and bring better spectator amenities, improved facilities for local sporting clubs and a huge boost for community sport and recreation.” Dr. Napthine said.