Third pitch pos­si­bil­ity for Savoys

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SHADOW Min­is­ter for Sport, Danny O’Brien, joined mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley, Tim McCurdy in Myrtle­ford last week to visit Savoy Park to get a gauge on the fa­cil­i­ties.

The soc­cer club have long mooted the pos­si­bil­ity of a third pitch to help put to ease the wear and tear of their two grounds whilst also mak­ing the com­plex more fea­si­ble to hold big AWFA events such as Semi Fi­nals and Gala Days.

Mr O’Brien said pos­si­ble ren­o­va­tions of the change rooms or the ad­di­tion of an up­stairs so­cial club were also up­grades that would be ben­e­fi­cial to the club.

“Tim McCurdy asked me to come up as the Shadow Min­is­ter for Sport to as­sess the needs of the club here,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity to get my­self here as the Shadow Min­is­ter who might be the Min­is­ter in a months’ time to see what the needs are, we have a strong $195m grass roots sport re­vival fund that we have com­mit­ted, which in­cludes a big chunk of money di­rectly for clubs like this.”

The fund would also be de­signed to sup­port fe­male friendly fa­cil­i­ties, some­thing Mr O’Brien said the Savoy Club cur­rently have “pretty good”.

“Tim was very keen to make sure I was across ev­ery­thing in his elec­torate,” Mr O’Brien who trav­elled from Gipp­s­land added.

Mr McCurdy said the Lib­eral Na­tion­als were tak­ing on a clear pri­or­ity to grass roots sport.

“Our com­peti­tors put $225m into the AFL, so you have to won­der why put so much money into Aus­tralia’s wealth­i­est sports or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he ex­plained.

“We have said we will do the op­po­site, we are go­ing to put it into grass roots.”

Savoy’s Pres­i­dent, Zac Mirt, said it was fan­tas­tic to see Mr McCurdy and Mr O’Brien in Myrtle­ford.

“It would be re­ally good for Myrtle­ford as a whole (McCurdy’s elec­tion), three com­mu­nity groups could re­ally ben­e­fit from some­thing, the Fire Brigade have been wait­ing for a long time and so have the Scouts,” he added.

STAKEHO LDERS:(leftto right)M yrtle­ford Savoy stal­wartG ra­ham Ham il­ton,Se­nior­coach M atthew Park,Pres­i­den­tZac M ir­tand (far­right)Vice-Pres­i­den­tShawn M acGowan were joined by Shadow M in­is­ter­forS­port,Danny O’Brien and m em berforOvens Val­ley,Tim M cCurdy in M yrtle­ford last­week.

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