Cats usher in new era where Friday night footy rules
AUSTRALIAN RULES: Gympie Cats Australian Rules Football Club president Jason Bromilow has unveiled the $150,000 investment he hopes will catapult the organisation into one of the most sought-after playing locations in south-east Queensland.
After a year of planning, the Cats have completed a new lighting set-up that will create an unprecedented opportunity for the club to host night-time football.
In a process Bromilow described as "labour intensive”, the new set-up was necessary to facilitate the advent of the women's competition.
"All the women's games are played at 4.45pm,” Bromilow said.
"Without these lights, we would not be able to host women's games.
"Putting these lights in is instrumental to us for the future.
"We are very confident we will make a return on this investment.
"The idea was on the boil for a while. It was one of the goals I had set myself as president.”
An electrician by trade, Bromilow and club treasurer Justin Brown spent 30 hours preparing the necessary application paperwork.
Now it's all finalised, the president predicts a plethora of opportunities will be thrown the Cats' way.
"Obviously they give us the flexibility to play at night and that will create a stronger club,” Bromilow said.
"We have already had the Gympie Eight Ball Association relocate here and we are seeing about 160people come through the club doors on a Thursday night.”
The Cats host a landmark double header on Saturday when the men take on bogey side Pomona and the women play their first game against Sandgate.