Na­tional event makes a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion

Euroa Gazette - - SPORTS -

THE Friendlies Oval Com­mit­tee has re­ceived a cheque for $2000 from the Aus­tralian Na­tional Show and Shine which will help them re­alise their vi­sion of a newly up­graded play­ing sur­face in Euroa.

Work to­ward the oval’s re­newal has been un­der­way for a num­ber of years now, and com­mit­tee mem­bers Rob Asquith and Peter Mor­ley said that con­tri­bu­tions like this one from the Show and Shine were cru­cial to the goal of mak­ing it a fa­cil­ity the town can be proud of.

The Show and Shine do­na­tion can now be added to the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions from lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers and other clubs, busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions to help the Re­de­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee reach the re­quired funds to ap­ply for gov­ern­ment grants.

The com­mit­tee are hop­ing to hear if this ap­pli­ca­tion is suc­cess­ful by the end of the year, and if so, it is hoped work can be­gin in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture.

The up­grade of the oval is pro­posed over two phases.

Part one will con­sist of the lev­el­ling of the oval with a new cricket pitch, drainage and a picket fence.

The sec­ond part will see the build­ing of a new club house.

It is en­vi­sioned that the Friendlies will be­come one of the premier fa­cil­i­ties, not only in Euroa, but in the North East of the state, for a num­ber of dif­fer­ent sports- in­clud­ing foot­ball, cricket, hockey, ten­nis and ath­let­ics- once com­plete.

With a boom in women’s sport in re­cent years, the oval’s fa­cil­i­ties are to be de­signed so as to be as fe­male friendly as pos­si­ble to make sure the town can cater for what is hope­fully the con­tin­ued growth of women’s sport in years to come.

A SHIN­ING MO­MENT: The $2000 cheque is handed over from the Aus­tralian Na­tional Show and Shine’s event di­rec­tor Ross Holt to the Friendlies Oval com­mit­tee’s Rob Asquith (cen­tre). Show and Shine Com­mit­tee mem­bers (left to right) An­thony Clota, Glenn McDon­ald, Peter Byrne and Shan­non McWil­liam are also there to sup­port the oc­ca­sion.

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