Grand day throws up a surprise or two
Monday, 7th July, 2008
About 1,200 people gathered for a gala day of football at the Jubilee Oval on Saturday which featured the official reopening of the refurbished E.K. Lean grandstand. The day featured a double header in the football league as well as the inaugural clash of the local Masters Australian Football League competition.
The crowd witnessed the official grandstand reopening, at which the Central School choir sang the national anthem with Mark Curtis and the Burke Ward Fife Band performed as well. Broken Hill Football League Vice Chairman, Andrew Schmidt, said it was a great day for all concerned. “The timing was perfect,” said Mr Schmidt yesterday. “It was a beautiful day and we had the Masters as a curtain raiser, and junior footballers played at half time.” He said the absence of an AFL football match on Saturday (due to the split round) probably helped to boost the crowd.
“It was a real carnival atmosphere and probably one of our most successful days, apart from grand finals, that the league has run in over seven years,” said Mr Schmidt. Mr Schmidt said the fact that the league’s two bottom sides beat the two top sides on the day was icing on the cake. He said the gala day’s success was also a tribute to all those who had made the grandstand upgrade happen.“It’s just reward for all those people who worked hard on it as well.” Mr Schmidt said the League was already talking about holding gala days in the future to coincide when the AFL has a split round.