RENEWED VIGOUR: Roma Polocrosse Club in action this year.
RENEWED VIGOUR: Roma Polocrosse Club in action this year. Matthew Newton

Polocrosse power up

POLOCROSSE: ROMA Polocrosse Club is eagerly preparing to power up this year as the Gambling Community Benefit Fund announced a $27, 742 investment into the local club.

The $27,742, part of an overall $134,325 investment across the region will go straight into the installation of solar panels, allowing the club to power itself up for the first time.

For Vice President Glen Humphreys, the addition of the solar panels is a welcome sight for sore eyes.

"They're going to have a big impact on the club,” Mr Humphreys said.

The Roma club currently has no source of power on its home ground and has to rely on outside sources to power up its facilities.

"We've relied heavily on volunteer sources to supply us with a generator,” he said.

"Otherwise its been near to impossible for us to host our own carnival.”

But with the planned installation of solar panels the Roma club will now have access to a rare luxury.

"We'll be able to power lights on our training days, as we've had to play in the dark” Mr Humphreys said.

"It'll also supply power to the canteen and fridges.”

The Roma club is part of a wide circuit of clubs that host one home carnival per year, from Warwick to the Gold Coast.

But with a largely rained out season this year and a number of traditional members moving away, numbers at the club have since plateaued.

It is the hope that the installation of the new solar panelling in the near future will make the Roma Polocrosse Club more competitive.

"Being able to supply our own power is the first step towards pushing for larger carnivals in the future,” he said.

"Its not going to power our entire carnival, but its a very good start.”

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