Albury praises regional match

Albury City Mayor Kevin Mack has labelled Melbourne Heart FC’s Hyundai A-League match against Perth Glory on Sunday as the city’s “biggest ever sporting event”.

Albury City Mayor Kevin Mack has labelled Melbourne Heart FC-s Hyundai A-League match against Perth Glory on Sunday as the city-s “biggest ever sporting event”.

The Mayor said the match was a huge success for the regional community.

“All along we had promised that this was going to be Albury-s biggest ever sporting event and it truly delivered,” Mack said.

“We felt the day was a huge success and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to host the club. The match meant a lot to our community.

"This was the first elite code to play for premiership points in Albury and it put our city on the national sporting map.

“It was also fantastic for regional football fans. They had an opportunity to see some of the world-s best footballers up close, something they may not usually have the opportunity to do.

“Hopefully this is the start of a great partnership with the club and they will consider coming back to Albury for future events.”

Albury City Team Leader of Events Ros Walls said it was great to see the citizens of Albury come together for the event.

“We were thrilled to host the team and it was great to see them have a win in Albury,” Walls said.

“To hear people chanting ‘Albury is red and white- after the match showed how much our residents embraced Melbourne Heart. The atmosphere was fantastic; everyone enjoyed the day.

“We hope to see Melbourne Heart back in Albury soon.”

Melbourne Heart FC CEO Scott Munn said the match ran smoothly, despite the delayed kick-off time due to extreme heat on match day.

“Hopefully it also ticked the boxes for the city of Albury,” Munn told Albury-s Border Mail.

“The event ran incredibly smoothly. Given the changes, it ran like clockwork.

“The ground was in great condition and even the Fox Sports guys were impressed with the way it all worked.

“This year we had that opportunity and the Albury Council delivered.”

The match held at Albury-s Lavington Sports Ground was part of Football Federation Australia-s regional fixture which connects the Hyundai A-League more closely with its supporters in regional Australia.