Wednesday, 3 March 2004 12:00 AM
The South Melbourne Soccer Club has been buoyed by recent news of increased television exposure. Oztam figures recently released show the South Melbourne Soccer Show, airing on Friday nights on Channel 31 has a reach of over 62,000 viewers per week. These figures are very positive for the club, and emphasise then need for increased television coverage in the new league. South CEO Mark Patterson said “The figures show that the general public has an interest in the South Melbourne Soccer Club and more importantly, soccer in this country.” “The show is a great vehicle for us to inform supporters about what is going on at the club and also for supporters to keep up to date with the club.”
In further good news for the club, this week’s first final versus Marconi will be televised live on SBS this Sunday from 3:30pm. The live coverage will be the first time any NSL game has been aired live this year. Patterson said, “South Melbourne is extremely pleased that the decision was made to televise our first final.” “Obviously, the ASA realises the strength of soccer in Victoria and as the only Victorian representative in the finals, South Melbourne is delighted with this increased exposure.” Patterson later added “this is a great opportunity for supporters to see the team away from Bob Jane Stadium.” “Hopefully the team can win or draw and set up an exciting second final the following Sunday at Bob Jane Stadium.”
The South Melbourne Soccer Show continues this Friday night from 9:00pm on Channel 31 while coverage of the first final at Marconi Stadium begins at 3:30pm on Sunday on SBS.