Mayor’s XI batsman Brendan Cleaver in action in front of the crowd in the new pavilion at the Twenty20 clash.
Mayor’s XI batsman Brendan Cleaver in action in front of the crowd in the new pavilion at the Twenty20 clash.

Love at first site at Ellem Oval

SPECTATORS were batting for the best vantage points at Ellem Oval yesterday as a healthy crowd turned out to watch the Twenty20 cricket match between the President's XI and Mayor's XI from the newly built sports pavilion.

Officially opened by Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin on Friday, the pavilion is already a hit with sports enthusiasts.

Harwood local Jo McMahon is a familiar face on the local sporting circuit.

Her husband Tim is captain of the Harwood cricket team and yesterday led the Mayor's XI to a dominant victory.

From a comfortable position on the upper level of the pavilion which offers a spectacular view across the oval, Jo said the new sports complex presented cricket fans with a better position to watch their favourite game.

"Cricket is better when you watch it from somewhere up high," she said.

"The spectator gets a much better view of the game.

"I think the new pavilion is great and it's a much better alter- native to watching a game on the east side of Ellem Oval because you don't get all the afternoon sun in your eyes.

"I often watch local cricket matches because Tim plays regularly and our son Ben played in the Mayor's XI side."

Mayor's XI supporter and South Grafton resident Donna Cox was another spectator who praised the sports pavilion, describing the new complex as "awesome."

"I think it should have been built years ago," she said.

"It makes Ellem Oval look so much better. It's a great addition."

"It will definitely be more convenient for spectators," added Lorraine Hubbard.

"They've done a good job putting it together."

The new pavilion at Ellem Oval was constructed as part of a $3.2million redevelopment of Fisher Park.

The Mayor's XI defeated the President's XI by 43 runs. Full match results and coverage can be found in our sports section.



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