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Good news Bears MARK HEENAN

BELLARINE Bears Baseball Club celebrated the opening of its new indoor batting shed facility earlier this month. The $32,000 facility, located at Wallington Recreation Reserve, is a joint funding venture between Bellarine Bears Baseball Club, which contributed $20,000, and Leopold Community Bank Bendigo Branch, which raised $12,000 towards the project. The opening of the new state-of-the-art batting shed took place on Friday November 15. It is 20m long and 8m wide. Bellarine Bears committee member and former president David Crotty said the main benefit of the indoor facility was that his club could train in all weather types. “In the past we have had to rely on the weather, so we could hit outside there,” Crotty said. “But when it is raining and the ground gets wet and the balls get wet pretty easy, this way they can hit anytime under lights (and under a roof).” Located on the

ground’s base is a specially designed artificial synthetic turf that was previously used on the Highton Bowling Club greens. “It is like your artificial grass that you use for your lawn bowls (on the base), it was getting to the time Highton Bowling Club needed it to be replaced,” Crotty said. Leopold Community Bank Bendigo branch manager Chris Stepins said the facility had been a ‘long term’ investment after the Bellarine Bears approached it several years ago about the project. “The baseball club approached us a couple of years ago for some help (with funds) with getting this batting shed up and under way,” Stepins said. “The problem was their location and not being able to train through winter and being a winter sport does not help much – we thought it was a good idea to get involved. “It was a fairly impressive set up there now and they are going to get a lot of use out of it.”

Ocean Grove Voice 27 November 2013  

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