WITH a strong sporting focus on the town this week, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club hope to kick a few goals on Saturday night.
In what shapes as a historic moment for the City of Ballarat, the Australian Football League is conducting its first home and away game in the district.
The Western Bulldogs will take on the Port Adelaide for premiership points as the provincial town prepares for a stellar sports-orientated weekend.
As part of the festivities, the Trotting Club will combine harness racing with football during its eight-race card.
Along with strong fields to thrill patrons, the club has organised several Aussie Rules styled activities, including a handball competition, with entry via the racebook.
Several great prizes are up for grabs, including AFL supporter packs and mini footballs. As part of the theme, staff will wear their favourite team’s colours (GO CARLTON)!
Club chief executive Paul Rowse stated the evening is an ideal way to celebrate the town’s arrival on the AFL scene, while also capitalizing on the opportunity to attract patrons who have made the trip up the Western Highway.
“Our main priority is to capture the people who are in Ballarat for the historical AFL game,” Rowse said. “After enjoying the footy, people can come to the track for a great night at the trots.
“We’ve got plenty of giveaways via our handball competition and a band playing after the last race, which is at 9:48.
“And of course, we’ve got plenty of great harness racing action across eight races.”
- PAUL COURTS