Local aficionado honoured in Roma touch upgrade
Local legend adds the final touch
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.”
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.