Almanac Cricket: Pomborneit CC Second Oval Project

 

 

 

October 2022 saw the Pomborneit CC make a massive announcement- the club had purchased a 9 acre block of land adjoining the current Pomborneit Recreation Reserve for the purpose of establishing a much needed second oval to cater for the continued growth of the club for matches and training.

 

 

Land purchased by the Pomborneit CC

 

 

We were very fortunate that the block is on a separate title to the rest of the adjoining farm and was able to be purchased before long time owners Brendan and Katrina Boyd sold the rest of their farm. Brendan was a former Pomborneit cricketer, and Brendan and Katrina have been for many years and continue to be great supporters of the club.

 

 

Pomborneit CC committee members Matt Richardson, Patrick Johnstone, Luke Reynolds, Julie Whytcross and Dave Murphy with landowners Katrina & Brendan Boyd (both in blue) after the land purchase was finalised.

 

 

While other rural clubs have made the move ‘into town’ from their traditional venues, the Pomborneit CC is keen to solidify itself at our long term home and make our venue a major cricketing centre in South West Victoria. After playing in the front paddock of the Pomborneit North farm ‘Chelsea’ from 1894/95 to 1932/33 (and likely playing at the Pomborneit North property ‘Lakeside’ prior to that), Pomborneit moved to the Pomborneit Recreation Reserve for the 1933/34 season and have been a fixture there ever since.

 

 

The past decade has seen much investment into the current facilities at the Pomborneit Recreation Reserve, including the installation of pop-up sprinklers in 2017 and more recently an upgrade to the practice nets with one net replaced and the addition of a third net and a brand new synthetic wicket on the oval.

 

 

Net upgrade at the PCC

 

 

New pitch at MCP Oval at the Pomborneit Recreation Reserve

 

 

New pitch and resown infield at MCP Oval at the Pomborneit Recreation Reserve

 

 

The club being able to buy the 9 acre block outright on its own is something our members are very proud of. Now it is time to develop it. The club has had the land surveyed, and is in the process of getting detailed plans and costings done by renowned company Greenturf, who have a great track record in sports field construction and turf wicket supply and installation. While funding for the creation of the Pomborneit Recreation Reserve in the early 1930’s was done with card nights, dances, an annual sports meeting and a collection for concrete posts, a development of this scope nowadays requires other revenue streams and creative thinking. To build a ground of the highest possible standard, hopefully with at least 6 turf wickets, we will look at grant options, council and government support once plans and costs are finalised.

 

The club is excited to partner with the Australian Sports Foundation for additional fundraising. All donations over $2 for our second oval project are fully tax deductible, and there’s no better time to contribute than right now at the end of the financial year. If you’d like to make a contribution, check out the link below-

 

https://asf.org.au/projects/pomborneit-cricket-club/pomborneit-cc-second-oval-project

 

The Pomborneit Cricket Club looks forward to sharing the journey of establishing a second oval at Pomborneit and providing better facilities for all of our mens, womens, boys and girls cricketers with Almanac readers in a very exciting time for the club.

 

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Comments

  1. Rulebook says

    Excellent Luke huge admiration for you and your club ! To keep growing like you have is remarkable

  2. This must be so exciting for all at the Pomborneit CC.

    Congrats to all who have facilitated this project.

  3. Barry Nicholls says

    Great work Luke. Looks like a wonderful facility.

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