The Moe Cricket Ground shares more than just an acronym with its famous Melbourne counterpart when it comes to sporting brilliance.
Ted Summerton Reserve (TSR) is now home to the $3.5 million Gippsland Regional Cricket Centre (GRCC), setting a new standard for regional cricketing facilities.
Cricket Victoria Chief Executive Andrew Ingleton attended the opening ceremony and was bowled over by the quality of the site.
“What a fantastic day for Moe and the wider Latrobe Valley. This new $3.5 million facility will be a focal point for cricket in the region and help us continue to grow the game from the grassroots through to elite levels,” Mr Ingleton said.
“I’d like to thank the Victorian Government, Latrobe City Council and Cricket Australia for their support in delivering this major regional project.
“We look forward to supporting the local cricket community to develop the next generation of Latrobe Valley cricketers using this wonderful new facility.”
The state-of-the-art facility features:
• Five lanes of indoor synthetic training wickets with extended run ups
• 1000 Lux LED lighting
• Cutting edge training and coaching technology
• Enclosed outdoor turf training wickets with retractable netting and a storage facility
• An auxiliary building complete with a community meeting room
• Office and administration space
• Unisex change facilities and a first aid room.
The centre will have year-round multipurpose use across a host of indoor sports including futsal and other community activities.
The project created local jobs with Gippsland based Langden Constructions leading the design and construct works, JJC Design heading design works and a range of local sub-contractors also engaged.
Ted Summerton Reserve has enjoyed the spotlight in recent years, hosting two fully fledged Melbourne Stars Big Bash League matches in partnership with the Latrobe Valley Authority and Latrobe City Council.
The GRCC project was funded by the Victorian Government via $3 million from the Latrobe Valley Authority’s $85 million sports and community initiative and $500,000 from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Community Cricket Program supported by Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria.