Don’t bet against a Melbourne grand final interstate

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Damien De Bohun: “We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne.” Photo: Peter Stoop Damien De Bohun: “We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne.” Photo: Peter Stoop
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Damien De Bohun: “We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne.” Photo: Peter Stoop

Damien De Bohun: “We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne.” Photo: Peter Stoop

Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City in an  A-League grand final, with the match held interstate? It sounds ludicrous, but, it seems, it’s not impossible.

The likely venue for a title decider should either of the Melbourne clubs qualify to host the event remains up in the air. Etihad Stadium, the FFA’s preferred venue, is unavailable on May 17, the date of the grand final, and Damien De Bohun, the head of the A-League, has admitted that time is running out to find a suitable ground should either of the Melbourne teams win the right to  stage the match.

“We still have a massive challenge in being able to play the grand final in Melbourne,” De Bohun told radio station SEN on Tuesday evening. “We have met with the government recently … but there is still work to be done.

“We need a stadium at the right level. Every major stadium in the country has kept Sunday, May 17, free in the hope they could host the grand final. We have not been able to secure a suitable venue in Melbourne. If it comes to it we have made it clear to all and sundry including both Melbourne clubs and the government that if we had to we would take the grand final to the opposing team.”

Victory currently lies second on the A-League ladder, while City sits in sixth spot.

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