The Korumburra Showgrounds was bathed in artificial light for the first-ever night game last Saturday night and with a big crowd in to witness a thrilling game between Korumburra-Bena and Dalyston, the whole project was judged to be a major success.
THE celebrations for the official lighting-up of Korumburra-Bena’s $308,000 sporting lights project could not have gone off better than they did last Saturday night.
There was a big happy crowd in to witness the event, the weather fined up in time and the scheduling of football and netball games around the opening was a success.
And to top it all off, after the official ceremonies were out of the way, the home side pulled off a thrilling victory over one of the AFL’s premiership aspirants, Dalyston.
Maybe the Bulldogs should play all their games under lights!
Secretary of the club, Allan Summerfield, could not have been happier with how it turned out.
“I haven’t seen the figures yet but I’d be very surprised if it wasn’t on a par with one of the earlier finals days,” said ‘Cobra’ this week.
“We put the night on to celebrate the great cooperation that has gone into the project and to see what we need to do to host night games and I think we got a lot out of it on both points.
“It’s the only night game we’ll have this year but we’ll definitely have two or more next year.
“And you couldn’t wish for a better senior game. The only problem from my point of view is that I wanted to sit and watch the whole thing but I had plenty of jobs to do.”
The opening event went off like clockwork.
The lights were actually turned on while the reserves were playing and they progressively picked up in intensity as the senior match approached.
By the time the official party lined up to do the speeches, the arena was bathed in dazzling light, which was remarkably even across the ground.
The shire’s director community services, Jan Martin, welcomed everyone and provided details of the State and Local government support as well as the football-netball and community support.
The Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett did the honours, noting that three shire venues now had playing lights, providing a blueprint for others.
And football-netball president Michael Hopkins thanked all involved, including the principal contractors, Walker Electricals.
“It’s an excellent development for the club and the community in general and we’d like to thank everyone who had a hand in it, especially Don Olden whose baby this was.
“As a result, we’ve got a much better idea of the grants process and from Walker Electricals point of view, they’re better equipped now to go on an bid for major projects in South Gippsland and elsewhere.”
Adding the icing on the cake was the Korumburra Show society, whose president Doug Appleton handed over a cheque for $10,000 towards the costs.
It was altogether a terrific night for Korumburra, topped off by the footy action which followed.