Port Rains On Bulldogs Ballarat Party

Port Rains On Bulldogs Ballarat Party

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

2017 Kicking Goals And Making History In Ballarat

Victor P Taffa

Port Adelaide has spoiled Western Bulldogs Ballarat party by overpowering the Bulldogs in the final quarter to win the first ever AFL Premiership match in Ballarat by 17 points.

Western Bulldogs led all day however Port Adelaide slammed on 6 goals in the final term to defeat the 2016 Premiers by 17 points.

History was made on Saturday when Ballarat hosted its first ever AFL Premiership match between the Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard, Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight and Western Bulldogs President Peter Gordon at Mars Stadium Ballarat to see first-hand how Ballarat has gone barking mad with Bulldog footy fever and thank the tradies who helped make the stadium a reality.

“We said we’d deliver a world class stadium and bring AFL to Ballarat and that’s what we’ve done.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“This brilliant new precinct will boost jobs, attract visitors and give locals a chance to see their sporting hero’s right here in Ballarat.”

Saturday’s game is the first in a five-year deal brokered by the Andrews Government to bring AFL to regional Victoria. It will attract visitors from far and wide boosting Ballarat’s expanding visitor economy and creating jobs.

“History will be made on Saturday with footy to be played for Premiership points in Ballarat for the first time. From jobs, to small businesses and eager footy fans, everyone is a winner.” Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said.

Mars Stadium is part of the State Government’s $38.5 Million investment in the Eureka Sports Precinct, which includes:

  • $9 Million for extra courts at the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre,
  • $5 Million for the Ballarat Showgrounds,
  • $2.5 Million for C E Brown Reserve.

Upgrades also include:

  • A better playing surface with the same dimensions as Etihad Stadium,
  • Capacity for 11,000 spectators,
  • New ‘Eureka Grandstand’ with 5,000 undercover seats,
  • New 37 metre-tall light towers and a new 50 square-metre video scoreboard.

New stadium is expected to attract an extra 1,500 participants per year, boost visitor numbers by 21,000 people each year and increase annual local tourism spending by up to $3.6 Million.

“New sports precinct is bringing AFL to Ballarat and attracting footy fans from across the country. It’s great for jobs and the visitor economy, and for our grassroots clubs.” Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight said.

Redevelopment was backed by the Andrews Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which is supporting major projects and industries and has helped generate more than 4,600 regional jobs.

“We’ve been counting down the days to the first bounce, but the wait is nearly over. Saturday’s game will be a real blockbuster for Ballarat with the reigning premiers fighting for the chance to play finals.” Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard said.

Local Ballarat company Nicholson Construction completed the build and awarded more than 75 % of subcontracting work to locally based suppliers. The stadium redevelopment created 30 new jobs during construction.

VIC Premier Daniel Andrews


Scores Quarter By Quarter

Western Bulldogs

                         G B T

1st Quarter       3.3.21

2nd Quarter      6.5.41

3rd Quarter       9.11.65

4th Quarter       11.13.79

Final Score:    11.13.79


Port Adelaide

                           G B T

1st Quarter       2.2.14

2nd Quarter      5.5.35

3rd Quarter       8.10.58

4th Quarter       14.12.96

Final Score:    14.12.96



Western Bulldogs: Dale 4, Cloke 2, Hunter 2, Dunkley, Liberatore, Suckling

Port Adelaide: Dixon 4, R. Gray 2, Wingard 2, Ryder 2, Wines, Boak, S Gray, Polec

Official Crowd: 10, 087


G Goals worth 6 Points

B Behinds worth 1 Point

T Total Score


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