WARRNAMBOOL Wolves officials hope new match-standard lights at Harris Street Reserve will help the club go from strength to strength.
The $305,000 project to erect six 25-metre light towers at the two-pitch facility became reality when the club flicked the switch for the first time last week.
Seven-a-side twilight competition sides were the first to play on the brighter pitches on Wednesday night.
A Warrnambool District Soccer League (WDSL) fixture, between Thunder Hawks and Deakin Dragons, then went ahead on Friday night.
Club officials have also ensured juniors will benefit from the project. There are two WDSL under 15 matches scheduled on the evening of May 30.
Warrnambool Wolves president Carlos Del Rio said the lights meant the club could use both pitches at night.
“Before we were only able to use patches of it. We can rotate our games to cater for the ground management better,” he said.
“In the WDSL juniors, the two Wolves teams are playing the two out-of-town teams on May 30, which is also our big launch.
“We’re hoping we can get everyone who has been involved in the club over 20 years to help launch them.”
The project, years in the making, was funded with $125,000 from Warrnambool City Council and $100,000 from the Department of Sport and Recreation.
The Wolves contributed $50,000 while $25,000 came from the A. L. Lane Foundation and $5000 came from the Ern Hartley Foundation.
Meanwhile, Thunder Hawks are clear on top of the WDSL ladder after round three matches on the weekend.
The Hawks thrashed Deakin Dragons 8-0 at Harris Street Reserve on Friday night to move to seven points, thanks to two wins and a draw.
Jetty Flat Rangers rose to second on the back of their 3-1 triumph against Merri Stingrays.
Also on Sunday, Hamilton Raiders defeated Scotts Creek Lions 10-2 at Scotts Creek to open their season account.