Roar finds home

Coali­tion prom­ises to fund new Co­bram soc­cer club fa­cil­ity

The Cobram Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Pa­trick Tansey

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.

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