Sponsors and spectators will be the big winners out of a new project at Naracoorte Football Club set to make its debut on Anzac Day.
Spectators can follow the scores on a brand new electronic scoreboard, which will also give much greater exposure and value to club sponsors.
The new scoreboard from Solid Scoreboards is effectively an oversized Smart TV which not only displays the scores clearly in large type but also flashes up sponsor names and logos as well as other messages during breaks in the game such as when goals are kicked.
The electronic screen replaces the manually operated scoreboard which has been a feature of the ground for many years, and can be operated remotely from any location at the ground.
Club president Brendon Ross said it was a great step forward for the club both in presenting the scores more professionally and giving sponsors more value for their sponsorship dollar.
“The main reason for doing it is to give our sponsors more value, we wouldn’t have a club without them,” Mr Ross said.
“All of our gold and silver sponsors will be on there and we have our top sponsors featured more prominently so they’ll flash up when one of the teams kicks a goal or there’s a break.”
Naracoorte Hotel-Motel is the club’s major sponsor and Murray Nankivell won the draw to be the main scoreboard sponsor.
Donna’s Electrical and David Mahney did the electrical and building work to erect the new screen on the old scoreboard with the help of committee members.
Mr Ross said there were plans to make further use of the old scoreboard by possibly turning it into a corporate box for hire on game days and for events.
“We can get 10-15 people up there with a fridge, ovens, pie warmers and everything you'd need for a function, it's the best spot to watch footy at the oval.”
If you’re not at the ground, those wanting to follow the footy scores will be able to access an online link to view what appears on the scoreboard at the time.
The screen will also be able to be used for other events such as outdoor movies.
Mr Ross said the whole project had cost just under $40,000 – with significant support from the cattlemen’s club - and would be a great investment for the football club.
Round 2 matches
Some interesting match-ups loom in round 2, which starts this Saturday and finishes with the Anzac Day clash between Naracoorte and Kyby.
The match of the round is undoubtedly the game between Mundulla and Lucindale at Mundulla on Saturday.
Both sides have come into 2017 with high expectations and did nothing to dampen those hopes with big round 1 wins over Border Districts and Naracoorte respectively.
Mundulla seems to have much improved depth this season with stars Tim McIntyre and Grady Obst added, along with a handful of others which means they have a deeper list.
Lucindale has probably less depth but its stars are as good as any in the competition and they will be tough to knock over in this one.
Border Districts will host Kaniva/Leeor United which will give both sides a chance for their first wins of the season. Borders aren’t as bad as the round 1 result might suggest.
Kingston will host Padthaway, with Padthaway looking to build on a round 1 win, while reigning premiers Penola will host a Bordertown side which will be very different to last year’s with so many of its A grade players gone.
Then it’s on to Anzac Day on Tuesday, when Naracoorte will host Kyby.
Kyby will be hot favourites after making last year’s grand final and beating reigning premiers Penola in round 1, while Naracoorte was well beaten by Lucindale.
But clashes between these two clubs are rarely one-sided and Naracoorte will want to put on a good show on its home deck on such a big day on the footy calendar.
As usual on Anzac Day, the order of games will be junior colts at noon, followed by reserves, A grade and then senior colts under lights.