Boyer score­board sight for sore eyes

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK GEE

A NEW score­board was un­veiled at Boyer Oval just in time for the Ea­gles to top­ple SFL lad­der lead­ers Clare­mont on Satur­day.

The ground’s goal­posts — deemed un­safe — were also re­placed in the 50-50 joint fund­ing ef­fort by the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil and the State Gov­ern­ment.

Mem­ber for Lyons Guy Bar­nett said the $34,917 up­grade was part of the 201718 Ma­jor Grants Pro­gram.

“Boyer has a proud his­tory as the home of the highly suc­cess­ful New Nor­folk Dis­trict Foot­ball Club, as well as the Molesworth Cricket Club, and I’m thrilled to be sup­port­ing what is un­doubt­edly a ma­jor score for the Der­went Val­ley,” he said.

Al­though the mis­aligned goal­posts were the cause of some dis­cus­sion at Satur­day’s game, New Nor­folk Dis­trict Foot­ball Club pres­i­dent Sally Cole­man said the re­place­ment was nec­es­sary for safety rea­sons and the posts would be straight­ened.

Ms Cole­man said it was nice to be able to see the scores from the other side of the ground now.

“We had a fairly old score­board be­fore and this one is heaven,” she said.

“There are lots of things at our ground that need do­ing and just for these things to be done, that’s signs of things that are go­ing to hap­pen.”

Ms Cole­man said talks had be­gun with Mr Bar­nett about plans for up­grades to the grand­stands and change rooms at Boyer Oval.

Stage one of the grand­stand up­grades was al­lo­cated $100,000 in the state bud­get last week.

“With the girls’ foot­ball now the change rooms need up­grad­ing but I think our great­est ne­ces­sity is our grand­stand,” Ms Cole­man said.

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