Bordertown set to install electronic scoreboard

Scoreboard: Junior colts footballers contest the ruck in this year's elimination final at Naracoorte, with the electronic scoreboard in the background.
Scoreboard: Junior colts footballers contest the ruck in this year's elimination final at Naracoorte, with the electronic scoreboard in the background.

Many KNTFL football clubs have moved away from the traditional manual scoreboards of yesteryear, installing new and improved electronic versions.

Bordertown is set to become the latest club to install one. Club treasurer Dale Beck explained that at this early stage, the club is favouring a 4m x 3m design, with the potential to add additional "bells and whistles".

The cost to install the electronic scoreboard is set to be in the tens-of-thousands, with a number of undecided factors possibly increasing or decreasing the overall cost.

Mr Beck said the scoreboard would be held up by a strong structure, instead of a portable design used at venues including Keith.

The football club is excited about the potential benefits the scoreboard could bring to not just the football club, but the wider Bordertown community.

"We believe if we just want a scoreboard, similar to the one that Mundulla just put in, we could probably get something like that and spend half the amount of money," Mr Beck said.

However, Mr Beck believes the scoreboard could be used for an array of different activities, including the 2020 Tatiara Masters Games.

"We have an eye on the future and believe it (scoreboard) would be a community asset - we obviously have the Masters Games coming up next year.

"Something like that could be used during the games opening ceremony, and could even promote sponsors.

"Community groups such as the Bordertown Spring Festival committee could use it, we could have Carols by Candlelight there, play movies on the screen, and even have live feed television to show an AFL game."

In 2017, the football club hosted an SANFL game, and the club hopes with a brand new electronic scoreboard it could bring more SANFL to the South East.

"A couple of years ago we had an SANFL game between Glenelg and the Crows, and one of their stipulations was that they had an electronic scoreboard - we would love to host another SANFL game if that opportunity comes up," Mr Beck said.

There is still a lot of water to go under the bridge before the "top of the range" scoreboard is installed, with the football club looking for assistance from Tatiara District Council and other funding sources.

Mr Beck said the club has spoken to Member for Barker Tony Pasin, who suggested there are grants available which could provide up to $15,000 towards the massive project.

No time-frame has been placed on the project, with the football club likely to explore all options available to bring a high quality electronic scoreboard to Bordertown.