Welcome to the 2019 Bendigo Bank Mortlock Shield, it is a time to enjoy the football talents of the region that will be on display over the long weekend.
It is also a time to meet up with friends and family and enjoy Port Lincoln.
The carnival is recognised as the longest continuous running football carnival in Australia.
While the past operation of the carnival has been relatively successful, the Mortlock Shield Committee now requires very diligent planning and review to maximize the efficiencies of operation to ensure a secure and sustainable future for the carnival.
Without the continued strong and generous support of Port Lincoln and nearby businesses the carnival faces great uncertainty.
Our hosts, the Port Lincoln Football League are also sincerely thanked for their continuing strong support and assistance with the management of this carnival.
Our naming rights sponsor, Bendigo Bank also leads the way in supporting the carnival as they are a proud regional and committed community-focused bank.
The Bendigo Bank (Port Lincoln, Tumby Bay and Cummins) are the carnivals lone major sponsor and supporter and we encourage reciprocal support to them.
Without this support the carnival would certainly struggle to be viable in the current format.
The carnival also relies heavily on the continued support of the supporter's attendance at the carnival and thanks all those who attend the carnival.
The future of the carnival is currently being closely examined due to it approaching the sustainability cross roads.
The Mortlock Shield Committee in response to these issues has sought the support of the SANFL EP Football Council to undertake an investigation of the carnival operations and management.
Every regional league and every club has been invited to respond to the draft carnival investigation report.
From those responses final recommendations will be presented to the Mortlock Shield Committee.
It is almost certain there will be change; in this instance it is partly due to finances, carnival management issues, a changing football environment in the region, cost pressures etc.
It will be challenging times for the committee going forward.
Mortlock Shield 2019
The 2019 Mortlock Shield will be held over the long weekend from Saturday, June 8 to Monday, June 10.
For more information and full fixture, turn to page 19 of the liftout, or visit www.mortlockshield.com.au.