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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
The Eaton Boomers run out onto Glen Huon Reserve for the first time in almost two years on Sunday. The club unveiled its new facilities to its supporters.
Camera IconThe Eaton Boomers run out onto Glen Huon Reserve for the first time in almost two years on Sunday. The club unveiled its new facilities to its supporters. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

After almost two years, the Eaton Boomers finally returned to Glen Huon Reserve on Sunday.

A strong crowd attended the Boomers’ Round 11 fixture against Busselton, despite persistent rain in the South West in the previous 24 hours.

The ground had been out of action since August 2015 as the facilities underwent about $7 million worth of renovations.

Eaton Boomers president Gary Bock said he was pleased with how the first home game in 22 months went.

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“The facilities are just fantastic,” he said.

“We had some positive responses, they (the crowd) were happy with them.

“A lot of our older supporters came back.

“It was probably our biggest crowd in a number of seasons.”

Dardanup shire president Mick Bennett said he attended the game and was happy with what he saw.

“Everyone seemed to be happy with it all,” he said.

Cr Bennett said the playing surface would be a few years away from being redeveloped.

“We are a couple of years away from doing that as we need to save up some funds,” he said.

“I had no issue with the condition of the oval.”

Mr Bock agreed with Cr Bennett and said persistent rain prior to the games had contributed to the muddy conditions.

“The ground was more than adequate to host a game,” he said.

“We will put a bit of work into it during the summer.”

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