TERANG Mortlake is preparing to host its first Hampden league night game.
The Bloods will join South Warrnambool, Hamilton Kangaroos and Cobden as clubs capable of running matches under lights in 2019.
They will play Port Fairy in round four. First-year Bloods president Dave Roberts said the May 4 fixture gave the club an opportunity to showcase the $200,000 project.
“What makes our ground just a little bit different is the fact there’s trees 90 per cent of the way around and it helps hold the light in,” he said of Terang Recreation Reserve.
Roberts admitted there were restrictions to hosting night matches.
“If we had a night game we wanted to have it early in the year,” he said.
“With the climate down here, it’s got to be done in the first six weeks.
“We’ll take it year-by-year and treat it carefully and see. In an ideal world we might have looked at having a couple of junior games this year and maybe a senior one next year.
“Every club was asked to have a night game and we more of less decided if we’ve got to have one we might as well have one at home.”
The lighting upgrade was completed in April last year, providing players with substantially improved training facilities.
“Even on Thursday nights at meals you can actually see the players train,” Roberts said.
The Hampden league season starts on April 6.
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