Roar finds home
Coalition promises to fund new Cobram soccer club facility
Good things come to those who wait and for Cobram Roar soccer club, the wait for a place to call home must have felt like an eternity.
Come November 24, the club’s dreams for stability and a topclass facility could finally come to fruition if the Coalition wins the Victorian election.
The Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy was at Apex Reserve before the club’s AWFA match against St Pats on Sunday to officially announce the club would receive $650 000 to build new clubrooms if the Coalition was elected.
‘‘Having a permanent home gives the club more of a family feel. You can put your honour boards up, trophy cabinets and photos and feel like a proper club, I guess,’’ Roar president Michael Startari said.
‘‘It obviously makes the club more appealing to potential players and it certainly looks more professional when you’re working out of a million-dollar complex.’’
The new facility would have a huge impact on the future of the sport which is popular in Cobram.
It would allow the club to be able to play practice matches much earlier in the season, which it can not do now as it shares Apex Reserve with Cobram Cricket Club in summer.
The Cobram Junior Soccer Association will also be able to use the facility even though it is not aligned with the Roar.
Mr McCurdy said the muchneeded funding was long overdue.
‘‘Cobram soccer has been in existence for 60 years and this club has been operating without change rooms,’’ he said.
‘‘It really has been pushed from pillar to post, so this new facility will make a huge difference.’’
The deal in principal stands as a watershed moment for Cobram soccer.
Cobram Victory and Cobram Tigers were fierce rivals before a merger and move to the Albury Wodonga Football Association forged a new path and identity.
But the process of getting new change rooms has been an exhausting one for the club.
‘‘I’ve been president for three years now and during that period our main objective has been to find a home,’’ Mr Startari said.
‘‘It’s involved a heap of meetings with councillors and politicians, so hopefully they (the Coalition) get elected,” Mr Startari said.
If the Coalition is not elected, Mr Startari said steps had been taken in the form of other grants to ensure the plan still went ahead.
Moira Shire Council will also contribute to the project.
The design work has already been completed and the costings done. Now it is just a matter of waiting for the finances to arrive.
The design includes two male and two female change rooms, an office, storage room and a function room with a kitchen and canteen area.
New era: Moira Shire Council Mayor Libro Mustica, Ovens Valley MP Tim McCurdy and Cobram Roar president Michael Startari at Apex Reserve on Sunday.