And then there was light

Soccer and cricket players are celebrating in Bacchus Marsh as a major upgrade to the lighting at Masons Lane Recreation Reserve has been unveiled.

Bacchus Marsh Soccer Club shares the grounds with a range of sport and recreational groups including cricket and baseball clubs.

The old portable lighting system only partially lit the sports ground and restricted training, caused crowding and damage to the main oval and a risk of injury to players.

Western metropolitan MP Cesar Melhem flicked the switch to light up the ovals last week.

“For too long, the soccer players and cricketers at Masons Lane have been held back by poor facilities – the Andrews government is lighting up the ovals so clubs can significantly extend the space and hours available for training,” he said.

“These new lights will help the clubs cater for growing demand, and for growing interest from women and girls.”

The upgraded lighting will provide an additional 25 hours a week of sports time, Mr Melham said. It will also allow cricket clubs to extend pre-season training before daylight saving kicks in.