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Melbourne Heart want cup and medal awarded for derby

New A-League club Melbourne Heart want a cup and a best-on-ground medal awarded when the derby with the Victory gets under way.

Club CEO Scott Munn believes having something more to play for than just premiership points would add an extra element to the newest rivalry in Australian football which kicks off on October 2.

''It certainly works very well where these games are a focus for supporters and it adds something to the drama. It could be worked out over the course of the three derby games in our code, with the cup being won by the team that wins most games, or has the best goal difference if it is tied up,'' he said.

''The player medal could be judged by ex-players, some of the journalists…That could be given out game by game or awarded to the player who has amassed most votes in the three matches."

But Victory chief Geoff Miles said his club had decided to turn down the offer from the Heart.

''We think the rivalry from the derby contest itself will be big enough to build on. The fans will be interested in the bragging rights from the results themselves and that will generate drama and interest across the season," he said.

''In football around the world, derby matches stand alone for the rivalry between close neighbours and we don't feel we need to manufacture anything different here.''

Andrew Slevison
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