A ‘Roo’tiful entrance

By Jarryd Barca

Corowa Rutherglen Football Netball Club has continued to improve on its precinct features, adding to a recently developed electrical scoreboard with a brand new set of gates for the ground’s entrance.

It’s been a long time coming according to many long-time Roos supporters, with players and supporters who head to John Foord Oval now noticing a vibrant blue gate making it feel even more like a home ground.

Arthur Warhurst, a Life Member at the club, spoke about the progression from the old Spiders red and black gates and why it was about time to don the Corowa Rutherglen blue.

“It’s been a long process, we’ve wanted to get this done for a while,” he told The Free Press.

“They were the old Spider colours, red and black, until 1979 when we changed to Corowa Rutherglen, so that’s the Roos colours there now which is fantastic to see.

“The gates were badly in need of repairs so thanks to Focus Engineering for lending their time to help get this done, helping out us long-time supporters who want to keep everything looking good.”

Focus Engineering and Construction went down to John Foord Oval on Thursday, June 21 to re-fit the gates, weld them and spray paint them to the club’s colours to capture a more modern feel.

“The past players association used to do a fair bit down here and we decided to get them cleaned up. We didn’t realise how bad the gates were – they badly needed a repair,” Mr Warhusrt said.

“Everything’s improving now which is great, we got the new scoreboard, now the fence and the ground is in fantastic nick.”

Club President Graham Hosier added: “It’s fantastic that we have dedicated supporters that can come in and help us around the club, volunteer their time and get the old gates back that were part of the club in the 1970s and 1960s. It’s a good time to come around and be at the club.”