Good start out at Casey Fields
A new era in the VFL's history was created this afternoon when the Casey Scorpions took on the Box Hill Hawks at Victoria's newest multi sports complex, Casey Fields.
After struggling both on and off the field for several seasons, the decision was made by the Scorpions to move away from the club's traditional home at Newcomen road in Springvale, which has become a somewhat outdated facility.
Southern Football League club Springvale Districts will continue to play games at Newcomen road.
There might be some Scoprions supporters who would have otherwise prefered to see home games continued to be played at Newcomen road, the facilities at that ground are no longer up to VFL standard and Scorpions general manager Brian Woodman spent many hours working with various bodies to ensure the move to a new location was a smooth one.
It's good to see that the Scorpions have maintained the club's history, and one of the most visable elements of this is the old SFC logo still displayed on the playing jumper. They have not any indentity taken away and the alignment with St Kilda seems to have improved, after suggestions that it was struggling to be maintained last year.
Watching the game on television, I thought it was a great advertisement for the VFL to have a bumper crowd and although there may have been some people who were just interested in inspecting the new facility, no doubt there plenty of people there who simply who regularly attend VFL matches.
Since the VFL was restructured back in 2000, there have been questions raised by those in the media and other football related circles with regards to whether or not the competition would still be able to attract any sort of interest with the general football public.
It has been able to attract crowds and you only need to have been watching ABC's broadcast today to see that were a lot of people in St Kilda and Hawthorn colours, another market that has been tapped in AFL supporters.
The City of Casey and Football Victoria should be congratulated for the exciting new project, which will provide plenty of opportunities for the residents of Victoria's booming eastern corridor.
Time will tell whether or not traditional Springvale supporters will travel out to Cranbourne each week to watch the Scorpions play.