Brinkworth to get automatic bowling machine

CRICKET: Brinkworth-Koolunga Cricket Club presidnet Simon Goss with Member for Frome Geoff Brock. They are standing at Brinkworth where a new shed will be built to include an automatic bowling machine.
CRICKET: Brinkworth-Koolunga Cricket Club presidnet Simon Goss with Member for Frome Geoff Brock. They are standing at Brinkworth where a new shed will be built to include an automatic bowling machine.

Thanks to funding, including an Active Club Program Grant, the Brinkworth-Koolunga Cricket Club is able to offer facilities such as an automatic bowling machine.

With an influx of junior members, and having to put more than 25 through training each week, the committee has increased its training options.

This grant will help fund the building of a three metre by three metre shed which will house the automatic bowling machine.

Club president Simon Goss said the club was now training with Redhill and the bowling machine would make its way to the Brinkworth oval.

"It's so that anyone can come in and use it," Mr Goss said.

He felt the machine would be good when training numbers were low due to harvest time and on other occasions when children weren't able to train as much as they wanted.

"It makes it accessible to everyone then."

The grant will also be put with other money to purchase a line marker.

Mr Goss said this would allow the club to easily mark out the boundary lines for the U12 games.

The club has also recently erected new cricket nets, to allow for easier training nights.

It makes it accessible to everyone.

Brinkworth-Koolunga Cricket Club president Simon Goss

With two colts teams and an A grade team, Mr Goss said there would almost be enough children to field a 5-8 year old side as well.

The club has received grants from Cricket Australia, Viterra, Wakefield Regional Council and the windfarms.

It goes with the club's growing nature and the need for better facilities for its players, helpers and supporters.

Mr Goss was grateful for the support of these grants and said the work behind them paid off for the community.

Presenting Mr Goss with the Active Club grant on Friday, Member for From Geoff Brock said it was great for these smaller communities, and their groups, to be able to apply for and receive these funds.

Mr Brock said he would like to see the grant amount increased from $5000 to $7000-$8000 at a minimum.

"It would be a great opportunity for the smaller regions," he said.

Mr Brock also visited Balaklava to award Balaklava Golf Club with a grant of $5,000 in the same program.

For more information about the Active Club Grants, visit: www.orsr.sa.gov.au/funding

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