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Queens Park to light up

Lights are coming to Queens Park. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

QUEENS Park will soon have the ability to host night football and cricket with a $600,000 lighting upgrade confirmed.

Four 200 lux towers will be installed on Stinton Oval, while Shaw Oval will benefit from four towers containing 100 lux in a project led by the City of Greater Geelong.

Geelong Amateur president Simon Farrell says it will provide his club – which is contributing $200,000 to the project – with greater flexibility in scheduling, especially women’s and junior matches.

“We haven’t been able to play any junior games at all (under lights), even under-11s and under-12s,” he said.

“The last couple of seasons AFL Barwon said they’re not up to the 50 lux.

“So, we’ve really been behind with ground space and not being able to play Friday night.”

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Farrell, who is entering his ninth season as president, has been pushing for a lighting upgrade during his tenure.

“Work will start around May, and with the talks we’ve had, they’ll be ready around finals time,” he said. “We won’t have them this year.

“It’s for the cricket club (Newtown & Chilwell) as well. That’s why we need 200 lux because that’s Cricket Australia standard.”

The upgraded lights at Queens Park will see half of the Bellarine League’s grounds have the ability to host night matches, with lighting at Torquay, Ocean Grove, Modewarre and Anglesea all meeting the required standard.

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