STONEYFORD cricket president Kevin Boyd says upgraded facilities at its Pirron Yallock venue have boosted the club on the eve of the 2015-16 season.
The Maroon Caps, who are the main users of the Pirron Yallock Recreation Reserve, will celebrate the official opening of new clubrooms at the venue with a junior match tomorrow.
Stoneyford’s junior team, formerly under-14, will host Colac this Saturday before Colac Otway Shire Council unveils upgrades to the tune of $500,000.
The Maroon Caps have played the past three cricket seasons without functional clubrooms.
Mr Boyd said the Stoneyford faithful were over the moon to have an up-and-running off-field facility, which was a positive step for the club’s progress.
“What we’ve got there is fantastic,” he said.
“The cricket club’s needs are well and truly met and exceeded probably.”
Mr Boyd said Stoneyford could benefit financially from the completed project, which includes new changerooms, a kitchen, bar and toilets.
Mr Boyd signalled earlier this year that the facility could cater for a turf wicket in the future.
“Looking into the future on getting a turf wicket and those sorts of things, you can’t do that without a bucket of money,” he said.
“It’s all going to help.
“We’ve already had people come up and say they might have their 21st here or this or that.
“The old rooms weren’t much chop and local people still used them, so these will be really good.”
Mr Boyd said the club was hopeful of a big turnout tomorrow to celebrate the opening and watch the Maroon Caps’ Juniors kick start the club’s season.
“Colac has agreed to play the Juniors at Pirron Saturday instead of playing that following Sunday as part of the opening,” he said.
“The official opening from the shire will be at 3.30, so we’re going to start the game at 11.
“Hopefully we’ll have people coming to have a look during the day and have a look at what we’ve got.”