In 2015, the town’s pride and joy, the 500-strong Woorinen ‘Tigers’ Football Netball Club were left with nothing but steel beams standing after their clubhouse had burnt down near Swan Hill.
The tight community vowed to continue on and thanks to a huge local fundraising effort, backed by a $100,000 funding boost through the Victorian Government’s Country Football and Netball Program the club is back bigger and better than ever with a new pavilion.
The pavilion comes complete with fully-accessible home and away netball and umpire change rooms.
That means women and girls can now umpire footy and play netball, closer to home, and get ready for the big game in facilities they can truly be proud of.
The club is also going leaps and bounds setting up a new youth girls' team.
Female friendly change rooms will help the club develop more female players and field a senior women’s squad in the future.
The club can also look forward to hosting even more celebrations. At the time of writing the Tigers senior team were about to take on Kerang in the Central Murray competition’s grand finals, Go Tigers!
It’s not just the Tigers that benefit, it’s also a big win for the entire community, with the pavilion set to be used by the Woorinen Cricket Club, the Woorinen Progress Association, RSL Club, Swan Hill Region Field Days, local schools and community groups.
The Country Football and Netball Program is a Victorian Government partnership with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria giving clubs all over the state the facilities they deserve.