Lo­cal afi­cionado honoured in Roma touch up­grade

Lo­cal leg­end adds the fi­nal touch

The Western Star - - News - James Liveris [email protected]­ern­starnews.com

LYLE Cherry’s ded­i­ca­tion to the Roma Touch As­so­ci­a­tion will be re­mem­bered for gen­er­a­tions to come af­ter the fields were named in his honour.

Mara­noa Re­gional Coun­cil and Roma Touch

As­so­ci­a­tion cel­e­brated the com­ple­tion of the Roma Touch Field up­grade with a sur­prise, nam­ing the fields in honour of the lo­cal touch afi­cionado.

❝ Lyle has been in­volved in Roma Touch As­so­ci­a­tion since it started in 1980... — Shane Ferry

Un­aware the two western fields had been named af­ter him, the big­gest moment of the night was when Mr Cherry saw his name on the shiny new sign for the Lyle ‘Lacca’ Cherry Ovals.

RTA pres­i­dent Shane Ferry said it was won­der­ful to see the up­grade come to life af­ter many years of plan­ning and to be able to honour long-term mem­ber at the same time.

“Lyle has been in­volved in Roma Touch As­so­ci­a­tion since it started in 1980 and has been an in­te­gral part of the club since the be­gin­ning and heav­ily in­volved in the up­grade project,” Ferry said.

“Thanks to coun­cil for work­ing with our club and as­sist­ing with the project through to com­ple­tion.

“With these up­grades now fin­ished, the club will be mov­ing for­ward to make fur­ther up­grades to the sprin­klers on the east­ern fields.”

Youth, Recre­ation and Sport councillor Peter Flynn said the $247,000 project in­volved ex­tend­ing the cur­rent western field to build a sec­ond full sized field with a high qual­ity ir­ri­gated play­ing sur­face and in­stal­la­tion of light­ing for the two western fields.

“More than 600 play­ers cur­rently use the im­proved fields, but for many years the lack of space, capped the num­ber of po­ten­tial play­ers to around 300,” Cr Flynn said.

“Now more play­ers will be able join the club.”

PHOTO: BRITTANY STOVER

FI­NAL TOUCH: The Lyle ‘Lacca’ Cherry Oval is un­veiled. Pic­tured: Puddy Chan­dler, Tyson Golder, Peter Flynn, Lyle Cherry, Ge­off McMullen, Jan Cham­bers and David Schefe.

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