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Old sticks outed

Wednesday, 13th November, 2013

It will be hard to kick a goal at the Jube this week ... the goal posts have been knocked out. It will be hard to kick a goal at the Jube this week ... the goal posts have been knocked out.

The Jubilee Oval is without goal posts this week after a Shinglebacks working bee removed the old steel posts.

Led by Jim Hinton, from Hinton’s Earthworks, the eight posts were all removed in preparation for new taller aluminium posts that will be concreted in this Saturday.

“Hinton, who famously missed a goal at the recent National Championships in Darwin, from 15 metres out, has vowed to make the goals a fair bit wider than the normal,” joked project foreman, Wayne Murray, who barked the orders all morning during the working bee.

Thankfully, Tim McGreggor is the man with the tape measure and the footy public can be assured that the new goals will be the correct distance apart.”

“Our challenge will be to cement them in straight, given Saturday morning follows Friday night,” McGreggor said.

Eight Shinglebacks fronted up for the working bee which went from 9am to 1pm and finished with a raid on the Lionel Johnston House fridge.

In the meantime, plenty of bins were filled with weeds and McGreggor even managed to fire up the drill and fix some roof screws on LJ House.

The new posts would be safer, lighter and higher that the older ones which were installed about 50 years ago by the North Mine.

AFL NSW assisted the local board to purchase the new goal posts along with a new set of goal post pads, which will carry the Mawsons logo as they are sponsoring the Football league with the cement.

Plans to move the old posts to the Memorial Oval have been scrapped as the posts were damaged beyond repair when they were removed.

“It would be more cost effective for Council to fund new aluminium posts than to transport, repair and extend these old posts,” local AFL Board Chairman Peter Nash said.

“I will be in touch with AFL NSW to try to organise a good deal for the Council that will help set the oval up for football for the next 20 years.”

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