Thrillers in store for local footy season return

Hume Mayor Geoff Porter is encouraging residents to show their support for local footy clubs as the home and away season kicks into gear this month.

“Local footy is such a big part of the Hume community and we are proud to have so many children, women’s and men’s teams playing in all corners of the City,” Cr Porter said.

“You can show your support by going along to games at your local reserve and cheering for your local club!

“Not only are local footy games highly entertaining for people of all ages, they are a great way to support your community and meet other residents with a passion for the game.

“Council is proud to support local clubs and players through programs such as our Sports Aid Grants and funding sporting facility upgrades.”

Cr Porter said major works at Jacana Reserve were one of many examples of Council’s efforts to ensure football and other sporting clubs had access to the best facilities.

“Round one of the Essendon District Football League season at Jacana Reserve is set to be a big one, with the Jacana Jaguars seniors team taking on the Westmeadows Tigers, who are bolstered with the recent addition of AFL great Dane Swan.

“I’m proud to say that Jacana Reserve and home team, the Jaguars, will be able to host their first Friday night thriller thanks to Council’s recent upgrades to sports lighting of the main oval.

Other upgrades at Jacana Reserve include:

  • Upgrades to player change rooms, including refurbished player and new female-friendly amenities and the inclusion of an accessible amenity room
  • Construction of two new officials rooms for male and female umpires
  • Upgrades to the public toilets and club office
  • New spectator verandah on the club’s social room
  • New electronic scoreboard (set to be installed May 2018).


“As a Council, it is our responsibility to ensure the community have access to the best facilities,” Cr Porter said.

“These upgrades will ensure that long-time sports participants, and those just starting out, have access to fantastic facilities and are able to thrive both personally and within a team environment.”

To find your local club, you can use the AFL’s Play.AFL website:


Posted on 10:00 AM, 12 April 2018

Updated : 10:05 AM, 12 April 2018

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