Member for Benambra Bill Tilley visited the Rutherglen Cats match at the weekend to announce an election promise.
If elected to government, the Liberal Nationals will provide $350,000 towards an upgrade of
facilities by the Barkly Park Committee of Management, to create a modern and functional multipurpose centre, user-friendly kitchen and viewing deck.
Barkly Park is home to more than 20 sporting and community groups including the Rutherglen
Football, Cricket and Netball clubs.
Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy said the facilities at Barkly Park were dated and needed support.
“A government I lead will support local sports clubs, instead of spending millions of dollars
upgrading Etihad Stadium in Melbourne,” he said.
Member for Benambra, Bill Tilley said there had been some work done behind the scenes.
“We have been working on this project for several years and the Barkly Park Committee of
Management has put a lot of hard work and fundraising into making this happen,” he said.
“There are so many community groups that use the facilities and it is a hub for celebrations – it
really is a gathering place for Rutherglen.
“This funding will complement the on field success and lead to an even stronger community.”
Comments attributable to Graham Steed, Barkly Park Committee of Management.
“This is a massive boost for the people of Rutherglen, its many sports teams and the families, schools, community clubs and businesses that are desperate for comfortable and functioning meeting and function spaces.
“The new Barkly Park facility will help Rutherglen grow junior and female sports participation: an
area that we have demonstrated leadership.
“It will help retain these young people through a lifetime participation in sport and will be an
attractive place for families to spend time at sports.
“This commitment by the Liberal Nationals is testament to the patience, hard work and generosity
of the Rutherglen people who have donated $75,000 in cash and countless hours of donated
labour and skills to contribute to the overall improvement of this sports headquarters.”
Cats upset Lions
Both Rutherglen senior teams had very good wins against Wahgunyah on Saturday.
After a long pre-season it was great to see the players run out and play some very good football.
The new guys all played their part and made an impression at their new home.
A mixture of experience and youth blended in well, with one senior player in particular still having wedding bells ringing in his ears.
Credit to coaches Tom Renshaw, Matt Farrugia, Damien Wilson and their assistants for getting the Cats to this point and having the players ready for a successful year ahead.
Coach Wilson continued on where he left off last year with a brilliant performance across the ground and finishing with eight goals.
Even the finals specialist Tyson Neander found the goals, so early in the year.
The Rutherglen Cats hosted arch rivals Wahgunyah in round one of TDFL Footy on Saturday.
The Cats have been training hard over the off season with lots of new faces under new coach Phil Lewis.
It was Wahgunyah who were off to a hot start, kicking the first five goals.
From then on the Cats tried hard to bridge the gap however the Lions had a victory.
Kurt Schmidt played well in his first game for the Cats.
James Russell played well in the backline as did Tyler Ferraro.
Mitch Cofield provided a good target up forward.
Jack Andison, James Plummer and Jackson all tried hard in the midfield.
Sam Edmonson Joe Brooks and Justin Lewis also played well after coming up from
We would like to thank our award sponsors:
Sportspower - James Russell
Urban Graze - Kurt Schmidt
Rutherglen Pizza - Mitch Cofield
Coaches Award - James Plummer
Hungry Jacks - Joe Brooks
Rutherglen News & Lotto - Sam Edmonson
Rutherglen 50 defeated Wahgunyah 39.
Indigo Massage – Brittney Deegan
Corowa Golf Club – Jane McInnes
Poachers Paradise Rutherglen – Kailey Athanitis
Auction player – Emily Browne
Combinations all over court were awesome with great full court defence creating many turnovers. Shooters combined well to optimise scoring opportunities. Well done to all girls.
Rutherglen 36 defeated Wahgunyah 29.
Griffin Transport – Natalie Scott
Poachers Paradise Rutherglen – Shae Talbot
Victoria Hotel Rutherglen – Maddie Stanton
Auction player – Natalie Scott
Great start to kick off the season coming away with a 7 goal win against the Lions. Great versatility in team.
Rutherglen 56 defeated Wahgunyah 15.
Jack and The Fox – Chelsea Smith
Boorhaman Hotel – Karlin Waite
Miegals Pharmacy – Tiarnie Lumby
Auction player – Karlin Waite
Awesome game from all nine players today, was great to have some versatility in the team. The C Grade train is off to a ripping start and we look forward to seeing how the 2018 season unfolds.
Rutherglen 37 defeated Wahgunyah 22.
Sportspower Corowa – Brydie Smith
Rutherglen Pizza – Abby Bainbridge
Urban Graze Albury – Jess Oats
The 2018 season kicked off with a strong win against the Lions, the newly formed team worked well throughout the entire court and was a credit to them all. Congratulations to Brydie Smith, best on court for continuous intercepts and defensive turnovers.
Rutherglen 37 defeated by Wahgunyah 42.
Rutherglen Pizza – Ava Cofield
Urban Graze Albury – Bylee Allison
$10 slope award –Tahli Bainbridge
15 girls dominated the court on Saturday against Wahgunyah and were up all game with Ava Cofield and Tahli Bainbridge shooting goals from everywhere around the ring. Bylee Allison controlled the centre beautifully. With a devastating injury to Bec Cooper in GD we had to make some changes and unfortunately went down in the last quarter.
Rutherglen 8 defeated by Wahgunyah 25.
Rutherglen Newsagency – Emma Beattie
Rutherglen Pizza – Olivia Plummer
Urban Graze Albury – Lola Walsh
The girls started the season well; despite the loss they had a great first half. For such a young side to come together, Coach Chelsea Smith says “I look forward to working with these girls throughout the 2018 season”.