Finley Football Netball Club was welcomed into its new clubrooms on Saturday, playing at home for the first time this season.August 6, 2014 4:00am
Finley’s 2013 thirds premiership team finally got to follow tradition on Saturday, unfurling their flag at the club’s first home game of the season.
In fact it was a sweet homecoming for the entire club, albeit now Round 15 of the Murray Football League season, which unveiled its new state-of-the-art community clubrooms.
Finley Football Netball Club president Ashley Haynes said the interest and support on Saturday was ‘‘impressive’’.
‘‘It was fantastic to see such a big crowd,’’ Mr Haynes said.
‘‘Compared to the old rooms, the new rooms were much easier to work with as there’s a better kitchen and bar, more viewing space for spectators and great exposure for sponsors.
‘‘The club would like to thank Congupna for switching fixtures earlier in the season, and everyone involved — the volunteers, the Berrigan Shire and everyone who supports the club.’’
‘‘The atmosphere was wonderful and everyone seemed to be really happy with the new rooms.’’
Works to build the new ‘whole community’ Finley Apex Sporting and Community Centre began earlier this year.
The initial goal was to have the Finley Cats step out onto their home field for the first time in round nine in June.
Some delays in connecting services created some uncertainty about whether the club would be able to return home at all this season, but news came through late last week that Saturday’s match against Congupna would be the first.
Hundreds of people turned out to cheer on the Cats, with at least 200 supporters piling into the new clubrooms for the post-match presentations.
The new rooms include a social hall, changerooms for home and visiting sporting teams, recreation hall, committee room, designated entry with reception area, umpires’ room, portable stage area and an upper floor for time-keeping and judges’ box.
FFNC number one ticket holder Mark Robertson tossed the coin at the start of the senior game, with rival captains Mitch Sidebottom from Congupna and Mikka Littlejohn (Finley) looking on.
It was also a milestone day for Doug McLean who played his 100th senior game for Finley.
To top off the excitement, the Cats posted a big win.
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The first preliminary final on Saturday saw the Tungamah seniors start their campaign against Waaia at the Rennie Recreation Reserve.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
If too much footy is never enough for you then get down to Echuca South’s oval on Sunday and catch the Echuca Moama United masters, the EMUs, in action.
TRUCKS, cars and vintage machinery took over Rochester Recreation Reserve on Tuesday last week.
KYABRAM’S Margaret and Leonard Flint have come a long way since meeting in the early 1950s.
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Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
YOU probably wouldn’t expect to find an intensive care nurse running an award winning hotel and brewery, but that’s exactly what you will find when you visit Tooborac.
The preparations for the 10th Cobram Swap Meet have been given a boost with a brand new line marker. The Rotary Club of Cobram, which organise the swap meet, applied for a volunteer grant from the Federal Government, from which it received $4600.
At 77 years of age, popular local golfer Paul ‘Tango’ has claimed his second hole-in-one.
Tuesday, August 16
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