THOUSANDS of patrons and sport enthusiasts attended a staggering number of events and activities throughout the Shepparton region last weekend. It was one of Shepparton’s biggest weekends for the arts and sport in the year.
The 20th Shepparton Festival – Be Consumed kicked off with the official opening at The Bakehouse, Wheeler Street, Shepparton on Friday night.
A crowd of 5,488 footy fans attended the AFL NAB Cup round of Essendon and Geelong, where Geelong were convincing victors, beating the Bombers by 87 points (Geelong: 17.9-111, Essendon: 3.6-24). Pre season predictions are that Geelong will be AFL final’s contenders.
Officials were expecting more spectators, however the heat played a significant role in the turnout.
Deakin Reserve was rated by Geelong star, Tom Hawkins, as one of the best he’d played on. He said he enjoyed playing in country Victoria and particularly at Shepparton as well as closer to his hometown of Finley.
Greater Shepparton City Council and its curators and staff deserve accolades for the way they presented Deakin Reserve and the city for these events.
Festival event messages were flashed on a big screen throughout the game.
Keeping along the lines of the weekend’s sporting successes, the VISY Stadium was at capacity. Crowds watched on as the Melbourne Vixens took on the Adelaide Thunderbirds for their pre-season clash, with the Vixens coming out on top during both games at the weekend (Saturday: 49-48, Sunday: 53-40).
The innovative Tallis family hosted the breathtaking new interpretive walking trail, ‘The Rock Correa Walk’ at Tallis Wine.
The Rock Correa Walk is a collaborative project between the Tallis family, Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority. It has been made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.