THE Meeniyan Dumbalk United Football Netball Club was back in the spotlight last week after it received at $10,000 renovation to the indoor warm-up area from the AFL Footy Show and Nissan Navara Tough Love team.
It has been an exciting year for the club, after it unveiled its new $170,000 netball courts earlier this year and more recently drew massive crowds when former Collingwood stars Chris Tarrant and Alan Didak donned the red and blue in a one-off match.
Last week the team of Channel 9 tradies headed to Meeniyan to spend two days transforming the club’s former social rooms, built in 1981, into an impressive indoor training facility.
Since the building of the club’s new social rooms, the former shed has been used by players and trainers for pre-match warm-ups and indoor training on wet nights.
Before the tradesman arrived on Monday, the shed was reminiscent of 1980s styling, with timber walls and distinctive red and blue carpet.
In two days, the walls were transformed; the carpet ripped up and replaced with specialised rubber flooring along with sky lights being put in the room to brighten the whole area.
Last Tuesday, AFL Footy Show Hosts, Billy Brownless and James Brayshaw made the trip to Meeniyan where the room was unveiled to club members.
The ‘Nissan Navara Tough Love Competition’ sees a team of dedicated tradies visit footy clubs, netball clubs and properties across the footy season to lend a helping hand.
The AFL Footy Show put a call out on-air for anyone to nominate a club or family who needed a helping hand.
The club initially entered with the hope of winning the first prize of a Nissan Nivara which they planned to use to help raise funds for former netballer and injured police woman Varli Blake.
MDU senior coach Mark Lafferty said the renovations were a huge improvement and would assist the club not only on-field but off-field as well.
“They have really freshened it up and given it a modern look,” Mr Lafferty said.
“The rubber floor is a great addition and will be really good for warming up.
“It will also be good for recruitment, when you get a potential player coming to the club to look at our facilities, it is pretty impressive.”
The club and unveiling of the room appeared on last Thursday night’s edition of the AFL Footy Show.