IN Buninyong, sporting blood is much thicker than water.
Despite big differences between their two sports, the Buninyong Golf Club has turned black and red to support the local football team in its weekend Central Highlands Football League premiership quest.
Buninyong will take on Daylesford on Saturday at Eureka Stadium in its first CHFL grand final since 2003 after narrowly defeating premiership favourite Hepburn by eight points in a thrilling encounter last Saturday.
Buninyong Golf Club manager Darren Cribbes said all sporting clubs in the township supported each other’s efforts on the field, greens or court.
“Running sporting clubs is pretty challenging in this environment so we like to chip in and help each other out,” Mr Cribbes said.
He said the club had also featured football themed menus each Thursday night throughout the CHFL and AFL finals series, including homemade meat pies and hot dogs.
“It’s also an opportunity to have a relationship between members of both clubs.”
Mr Cribbes said decorations had been focused on the front part of the club, which faces Learmonth Street, to let the town know Buninyong had made it to the CHFL’s one day in September.
“We wanted to let the whole community know something is going on,” he said.
“We were pretty pleased to see the team knock Hepburn off last week and make our first grand final since 2003.”
Buninyong will also be represented in the reserves grand final when it takes on Waubra.
Daylesford’s under-18 team will compete against Springbank while Dunnstown and Beaufort will face off in the under-15 match.
In the senior netball, Springbank will take on powerhouse and reigning premier Hepburn, with Waubra and Bungaree both represented in three finals and Carngham Linton and Gordon in one each.
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