By Phil Weir
In the state of Victoria one thing is certain; AFL is never out of season. Even the hottest summer months can’t stem the flow of constant predictions, theories and prognostications about who’s the team to beat, whose hammie will be a problem or where that coach should be playing what’s-his-name…
If the 2019 season is on your mind, the opportunity to hear directly from some the game’s great players – about a month away from the first bounce of the season – will be tempting at least.
Your pre-season footy fix is coming to Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club on February 16, when three of biggest Magpies – Dane Swan, Steele Sidebottom and Dayne Beams – will be live on stage for the Footy Funatics dinner show.
According to Ballarat GRC Manager Brett Jones, Ballarat is a huge footy town. “Some of the great names of football started their careers in Ballarat and the locals just can’t get enough. It’s not just Collingwood supporters either; everyone’s keen to hear experts so they can gear-up for the season.”
“These three players are all-Australian, Copeland trophy winners and premiership players. Throw in a Brownlow to Dane; you don’t get much more expertise than that on one stage.”
A range of signed Collingwood FC memorabilia will also be auctioned and raffled on the night.
There’s more on the night than just football though – the race card includes the $15,000 Lil’ Dickie Oaks and $20,000 Western District Derby, attracting some top dogs on the track. First race is set for 5.30.
The dinner kicks off at 6.30 with the 90-minute show from 7.00. Tickets are $95, or $125 for the ultimate VIP experience, including meeting the players, a photo opportunity and front row seats.
Book soon by phoning Ballarat GRC on 5335 7201.