Morwell is set to once again stage top flight football after the region was selected to host Melbourne Heart FC’s Hyundai A-League match against Wellington Phoenix on Sunday 4 December.
Morwell is set to once again stage top flight football after the region was selected to host Melbourne Heart FC-s Hyundai A-League match against Wellington Phoenix on Sunday 4 December.
Featuring as part of Football Federation Australia-s pledge to connect the Hyundai A-League with regional Australia, the match will provide Gippsland-s round ball community with the chance to witness two sides battle for competition points.
Having twice hosted Melbourne Heart FC in Westpac Community Football Festival fixtures, Gippsland is fast developing into the Club-s home away from home, with a strong Red and White supporter base poised to be on show.
Chief Executive Officer Scott Munn said the announcement confirmed Melbourne Heart FC-s ongoing commitment to developing football in the Gippsland region.
“Throughout the last two years, our Club has developed a very real and tangible connection with the Gippsland community,” he said.
“As a region steeped in Australian football history, the ability to stage a Hyundai A-League match in Gippsland will allow us to acknowledge the area-s remarkable contribution to our game.
“We want the match to be a celebration of local football, and are hopeful of building on the remarkable crowds we drew during the Westpac Community Football Festivals in 2010 and 2011.”
As the home of the Gippsland Falcons, the Latrobe City Sports and Entertainment Stadium was a regular feature on the domestic schedule during the former NSL, but is yet to stage a fully fledged Hyundai A-League match.
“It-s been only three months since I was down in Morwell celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Morwell Falcons and I am delighted to be back in the name of Don Di Fabrizio who is just one of the many fine citizens of the Latrobe Valley,” said FFA board member Jack Reilly.
“It is a great pleasure to be in the company of Melbourne Heart who have been making a huge effort reaching out into the community in Victoria.
“The introduction of this range of matches, including the one we-re announcing here today for Latrobe City Stadium, is hugely important in connecting with our many football fans in the regional areas of Australia.”