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Supersaints upgrade completed

ST ALBANS has become the latest club to benefit from the shutdown from the local football season with works completed on a $1 million upgrade of the changerooms at The Gordon TAFE Oval.

The Supersaints facility has gone from one of the worst in the GFL to arguably the best thanks to funding from the City of Greater Geelong.

“I think it started about three or four years ago by inviting (Councillor) Eddy Kontelj down from the City of Greater Geelong to one of our functions,” St Albans president Craig Osborne said.

“A simple walkthrough of our old facilities showed that we were a long way off the pace in terms of how suitable they were not only for the current playing group but the move towards female-friendly environments.

“He made a pledge to assist us in the funding and that all came to fruition.”

The redevelopment includes a medical room, gymnasium, media room for player meetings and gender-neutral showers and toilets in both the home and visitors rooms.

Built by Lyons Constructions, with Supersaints defender Patrick Barber the manager of the build, contractors who are familiar names around the club were also engaged.

“Nat Bown did the plumbing, Chris Carlon the windows, McFarlane’s the bricklaying, Brent Vermuelen the electrical, “Cobby” (Michael Cobb) the asphalting,” Osborne said.

“With their contribution, we’ve got a product that’s valued at more than that spend.”

Osborne said they now have a facility they are proud to show prospective recruits through.

“It’s definitely going to add that extra element when someone’s considering where they’re going to play their football,” he said.

“We’ve got an excellent playing surface. Our social rooms are really good.

“Just having that little extra with the medical room and the gym, and the media room and the changerooms just add that extra little bit.”

Osborne revealed St Albans is now hoping to upgrade its ground lighting. At the same time, the old scoreboard next to the cricket nets will become a coaches’ box, with the Supersaints to return to using the interchange bench closest to the changerooms.

“We were hopefully going to test it this year,” he said.

“But if we don’t get football up-and-running, it will be all ready to go in 2021.”

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Images courtesy Lyons Construction.