THE Wimmera’s football leaders have encouraged people to enjoy the finals season responsibly.
Horsham District Football League chairman Graeme King asked people to look out for their mates.
He said the league expected thousands of people to flock to Horsham City Oval on Saturday to watch the league’s grand final.
“Obviously there will be alcohol available at the final, and we need people to be responsible with the amount they consume,” he said.
“We want everybody to enjoy the football, not to get too boisterous or out of control.
“We have never seen that, and we wouldn’t like to see it.”
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Mr King also asked people to be mindful of the legal blood alcohol concentration limit if they knew they would be driving to or from the event, and intended to celebrate with a drink.
“If you’re coming down with a carload of people, appoint a designated driver,” he said.
“We want everybody to come along, enjoy the football, have a great day and leave it at that.”
He said the football finals were a spectacle to look forward to.
“It brings people together,” Mr King said.
He anticipated many of Saturday’s crowd would be under 17, because they could enjoy the community event free of charge.
“There will be lots of young people there, which is great,” Mr King said.
Western Victoria Football general manager Stephen McQueen said people would also flock to Ararat for the Wimmera Football League preliminary final on Sunday.
Football fans will also be on the move the following weekend, for the league’s grand final at Nhill.
“There will be a lot of people on the road, and a lot of police around,” Mr McQueen said.
“It should be a celebration; we don’t want it turning into a catastrophe.”
He urged people not to take risks on the road.
“It’s not worth it,” he said.
Mr McQueen said people who were expecting to drink should not drive.
“People need to be looking after each other and make arrangements before they start drinking,” he said.
Horsham Highway Patrol Sergeant Wayne Caddy said police would be out in force throughout both weekends.
“People can expect to see police in and around football grounds where finals are being played, and not just in Horsham,” he said.
“We encourage people to go and enjoy themselves, but to make sure they have a way of getting home without driving if they intend to drink.
“Make sure you have a designated driver.”