Weekly Times |THE chance to play footy at the MCG is a dream for anyone who has pulled on the boots.
And it has proven to be a motivational tool for the coaches of the Mornington Peninsula Nepean league and Geelong league teams this year.
Teams from leagues across the state will compete in the AFL Victoria Community Championships on Saturday, pitching the best of one league against another.
And while most games are on suburban and country grounds, the battle for the No.1 ranking in Victoria’s community leagues, between reigning champion Geelong and challenger MPNFL, will be played at the MCG as a curtain raiser to the AFL Country Festival clash between Geelong and Essendon.
Geelong coach Jeremy Dyer and MPNFL coach John Hynes said the lure of the ’G had helped encourage players to take part.
“We haven’t had to try get them interested this year, that’s for sure,” Hynes said.
Geelong’s first training session was last Monday and Dyer said there were about 40 players compared with 20-25 of previous years.