Tuesday, 14th January, 2014
By Ethan James
The countdown to the 2014 Lightning Cup has begun, with AFL Broken Hill announcing that the pre-season tournament will be held across the March 29 weekend.
AFL Football Operations Coordinator Ann Brown is excited about the year ahead, but she said there were a number of issues still to be resolved with the draw.
“Being my first year there are many issues to work around including Easter, school holidays and the Agfair,” she said.
“The uncertainty surrounding the Miners’ Cup game, now that the venue has changed to Adelaide Oval, is another obstacle that we can’t control.”
Ms Brown also announced that the Broken Hill grand final will be held on Saturday, September 13.
While the full draw has yet to be finalised, she added that the competition will take a break on the May 3 weekend due to the agricultural fair Agfair.
“At this stage we are planning on having the Agfair week off altogether so that locals can support this bi-annual event,” she said.
“The clubs will also be well placed to assist the Agfair Committee and raise some money for their efforts.”
With the St Patrick’s Day race on March 15, AFL Broken Hill has left the weekend of the 22nd free for clubs to arrange local or interstate trial games.
Meanwhile, the competition has been left without a Sherrin sponsor after pizza franchise Domino’s withdrew as official ball naming sponsor.
Ms Brown was keen to find another local business interested in getting their logo onto the senior match day balls.
The annual AFL Golf Day will again be held on Sunday, March 23 with the four clubs battling it out for a “refreshment prize”.
Other teams including the umpires, Shinglebacks, CMC/Board and media will also be invited to enter ambrose teams.
“We are still keen to hear from people interested in a position on the AFL Broken Hill board or joining the competition management committee,” Ms Brown said.
Expressions of interest regarding sponsorship and board positions can be made by calling Ms Brown on 0488 729 084.