Put the scarf, coat, beanie and long johns away Macarthur Rams fans – this year you can support your team from the comfort of a lounge chair.
For the first time, Macarthur Sports Radio (MSR) will broadcast the Rams National Premier League 2 home matches and selected M-League games.
The development was a huge boost for local fans of the world game, Macarthur Football Association and Campbelltown councillor president Darcy Lound said.
“It’s really exciting to have Mike Shean (MSR founder) on board,” he said.
“We had been toying with the idea of live broadcasts and when Mike approached us we were pretty excited.
“We are hopeful a lot of people will tune in.”
Lound said the Macarthur Football Association was also hopeful of going one step further in the near future.
“Down the track we would like to set up a full camera system – at the MFA’s cost – so we could live stream games which would be perfect for Mike to call,” he said.
“That’s where we’d like to head in the next couple of years.”
The announcement is the latest feather in the cap for local sports fanatic Shean.
The avid rugby league fan started MSR “officially in 2017” as a way to broadcast Group 6 rugby league matches to those who couldn’t attend the game.
Since then MSR has broadcast AFL and cricket games over local airwaves too.
Shean said MSR was “growing nicely” and there were plans to partner with more sports in the future.
“It was always part of the plan to get them (all local sports organisations) interested in partnering with MSR. I knew the interest was out there,” he said.
“But the time frame (and rate of growth) has been faster than expected.”
Shean may be an rugby league fan at heart, but he said he would be more than comfortable getting behind the microphone sporadically for Rams games.
“I was involved with community radio a few years back where we called Western Sydney Wanderers matches and that wasn’t an issue,” he said.
“I certainly will be calling some of the games but I’ve also got a good team ready to go.”