Power to shine light on South Coast AFL season

Kiama players (left to right) Jack Bateman, Haydn Pocock, coach James Walton, Michael Williams, Joshua Mason and Josh Simpson are looking forward to the club's first home night match at Bonaira Oval. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Kiama players (left to right) Jack Bateman, Haydn Pocock, coach James Walton, Michael Williams, Joshua Mason and Josh Simpson are looking forward to the club's first home night match at Bonaira Oval. Picture: Sylvia Liber

SOUTH COAST AFL 

Years of substandard lighting are a thing of the past for Kiama Power AFL club when they take on fellow South Coast AFL premiership contenders Bomaderry in their first home night match at Bonaira Oval on Saturday.

The Power have battled for many years training on barely a fifth of the oval covered by lights before helping to raise $150,000 for the new lights.

The club raised $35,000 and secured a $25,000 commitment from State Member for Kiama Gareth Ward, a sum matched by Kiama Council and the Australian Football League.

"All-up it was a $150,000 project and we are indebted to our sponsors and supporters, especially Wollongong Cranes and NTS Transport.

"Without their support, this wouldn't have been possible," Power president Troy Gent said. "It's been a massive community project and something to benefit everyone in Kiama."

Formed in 2002, Kiama Power has been the benchmark in South Coast AFL in recent years - they won the premiership in 2009 and 2011 and were grand finalists in the past two seasons. The Power's grand finals against Wollongong Bulldogs in the past three years have been epic battles.

Bomaderry last won the flag in 2010 and are perennial premiership contenders.

First bounce is 6.45pm, with reserve grade bouncing off from 4.45pm and Auskick at 6.30pm.

In Saturday's other round nine South Coast AFL games, Nowra host Port Kembla and Figtree are at home to Shellharbour.

Winless Albatross have been forced to forfeit their away clash against Northern Districts.

Meanwhile, the Illawarra Lions will be desperate to end a three-game losing streak against Penrith in Saturday's Sydney AFL clash at North Dalton Park.

The seventh-placed Lions have been hit hard by injuries but beat Penrith by 31 points in round three. First bounce is 4pm.

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