National event makes a valuable contribution
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.