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Pitch perfect as junior cricketers get a new home

Junior cricketers and students from West Byford Primary School will have a new venue to call home this summer..

12 September 2018
kalimna cricket pitch

Junior cricketers and students from West Byford Primary School will have a new venue to call home this summer following the installation of a community cricket pitch at Kalimna Oval in Byford.

Funded by the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, the synthetic surface will allow greater utilisation of the oval while helping to alleviate congestion at nearby Briggs Park.

The pitch will also be used by students at the adjacent West Byford Primary School as part of a shared use agreement with the Shire.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said the project would allow Kalimna Oval to host weekly matches throughout summer while also being used by school students and the wider community.

“Through meetings with the Serpentine Jarrahdale Cricket Club it became clear that there was a growing need to upgrade Kalimna Oval to give the club’s juniors their own space,” Cr Rich said.

“The oval was previously underutilised, and with the club needing more room for its juniors, installing a pitch at the venue made a lot of sense.

“Not only will the new pitch benefit the club and its players, it will also allow the West Byford Primary School and members of the community to make greater use of the oval.”

Dean Fulford, President of the Serpentine Jarrahdale Cricket Club, said juniors were looking forward to their first game on the new pitch.

“The surface looks fantastic and I think this project has created a home that our juniors can really be proud of,” Mr Fulford said.

“The end result is testament to cooperation between the Shire who funded the project and members of the SJ Cricket Club, and I’d like to thank all those involved in making it happen.”