$13.5k grant secures new goalposts for Calliope Roosters
IT MAY be a small country town football field, but Rugby League players in Calliope have received a welcome boost for the 2014 season.
Calliope Roosters Football Committee was successful in an application for a grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund of $13,500, which they have used to acquire new goalposts.
The posts previously used at the fields were more than 25 years old.
Secretary Kerrie Vallis, treasurer Katherine Stringer and committee member Stewart Claridge were all happy to see the old posts being taken down.
When asked about the condition of the posts, Mr Claridge shuddered and Ms Vallis laughed.
"They were a little bit on the crazy side," she explained.
The new goalposts conform to an international sports standard and cost in the vicinity of $11,000.
The grant also paid for expenses for the earthworks provided to stand the goalposts.
If it were not for the grant, they said, the posts would have had to be bought through additional fundraising.
"At the moment we're trying to get field up to scratch so we have spent thousands of dollars on fertilisers and weed and topsoil and turf," Mr Claridge said.
"If we didn't get the grant we couldn't have done that.
''Like any club we only have a certain amount of money and a lot of things that need to be done with it.''
The Calliope Roosters Football Club is also awaiting new grandstands, which staff and apprentices at MIPEC are now building.
"Most people drive in, reverse and drop their back tray down and sit in the car to watch games," Mr Claridge said.
"Now we can drag the crowd in a little closer and get a good atmosphere going."
The Bunting Park fields are used every second Friday night for juniors games and hold four home games for the seniors throughout the year.