If any local footballers in the St George Football Association needed any extra motivation to make the finals this year – here it is.

The association have confirmed an agreement with Georges River Council to play their finals at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah over two weekends for the first time this season.

The SGFA finals will be played on August 19-20 and August 26-27.

SGFA head of football and technical director Aytek Genc said it was an exciting announcement.

“It’s a massive coup for us,” he said.

“It’s a great venue. Our grand finals are always played in front of big crowds, passionate crowds. So for us it’s incredible. It’s a win for everybody. [It’s good for] the game in the area, the local government and council. The largest sporting organisation in the area having grand finals at the best venue in the area makes sense.

“We are very proactive in trying to get facilities for our area because they are crucial for our game and this is a huge positive.”

Almost 9,500 local footballers were in action on the weekend as the association’s 22 member clubs and special needs program, the St George Warriors, started their seasons.

Our grand finals are always played in front of big crowds, passionate crowds. So for us it’s incredible. It’s a win for everybody.– Aytek Genc

It is shaping as a big year for the association with the buzz from the announcement of a potential professional franchise to represent the St George area.

Southern Expansion, a club based in St George, Sutherland Shire and the south coast, could field teams in the A-League and W-League as early as the 2018-19 season.

“It’s always exciting when the season starts and add to that what’s happening with Southern Expansion… it would be a great pathway for our kids,” Genc said.

“They’ll be looking at players initially from these areas. If it happens and they get a licence we’d be very supportive of that to have elite football on our doorstep.

“We’ve got our Mini-Roos non-competitive, small-sided games program in full swing. Recently we had a come and try day as part of Female Football Week and had a really good turnout.

“We’re trying to get more players at the grassroots level and then provide pathways for them from there.”

Original Story: www.theleader.com.au

Photo Credit: Chris Lane