Minyip-Murtoa to play first under lights match at Murtoa Recreation Reserve

Minyip-Murtoa will play its first home match under lights on Saturday night. Pictured is Tom Coleman, in action against Dimboola. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Minyip-Murtoa will play its first home match under lights on Saturday night. Pictured is Tom Coleman, in action against Dimboola. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

MINYIP-MURTOA Football and Netball Club will host its first Wimmera Football League home game under lights at Murtoa Recreation Reserve on Saturday night.

The project – which cost $173,280 – has seen four new lightpoles installed with five lights each.

Minyip-Murtoa president Andy Delahunty said the club looked forward to having the lights on display on Saturday night.

“It’s the first game under lights for our club on our home ground, so we’re very excited,” he said.

“There’s quite a few people coming back, so we should have a good crowd and it should be a good game of footy.

“We’re pretty proud to have decent lights like these.”

Mr Delahunty said the club began the process of applying for the grant two years ago and was extremely pleased with the result.

The State Government contributed $80,000 to the project as part of its Country Football Netball Program, with Minyip-Murtoa Football and Netball Club providing $23,000 and Yarriambiack Shire Council contributing $20,000. 

The community raised $33,000 and provided in-kind contributions worth $17,280.

The lights have already been of benefit to the club, having been used for pre-season matches and training.

Mr Delahunty said the club would celebrate with a sponsors luncheon – which was also open to members – headlined by guest speaker and author John Harms.

“We’ve got 100 people booked in for the lunch,” he said.

“John brought out a book last year called Footy Town and he’ll be talking about that and a lot of the stories in the book among other things.”

On the field, the Burras – who are undefeated after the opening two rounds of the season – will host fellow unbeaten side Horsham.

“People should see a really good game of footy in a good rural atmosphere,” Mr Delahunty said.

Western Vic Football general manager Stephen McQueen said he believed the lights would be a great boost for the club and wider community.

“It’s an exciting time for Murtoa as a town, Minyip-Murtoa as a team and the league in general,” he said.

“These lights will be an asset not only for football but for the community in general.”

The senior game will start at 6.20pm, preceded by the reserves, under-17s and under-14s.

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