United eye Waratah Cup spot

All lit up: United’s Nathan McGraw and Justin Petkovski in training.Picture: ANDY ZALEKIWollongong United president Peter Vrtkovski has hinted at his club’s desire to play in next year’s Waratah Cup thanks to a $150,000 upgrade of Macedonia Park.

The Bert Bampton Cup winners only last week flicked the switch on a state-of-the-art lighting system which features 28-metre towers at just under 300 lux (the measurement for illuminance).

They will allow Wollongong United to host washed-out mid-week matches, finals and possible home fixtures in the Waratah Cup.

“The Waratah Cup might be an option for the club next year,” Vrtkovski said.

Wollongong United’s local rivals Dapto Dandaloo flew the flag for the Illawarra in this season’s Waratah Cup. The Fury reached the semi-finals of the statewide knockout competition before being bundled out by eventual champions Sutherland.

The new facility at Macedonia Park now easily fulfils minimum lighting requirements for Illawarra Premier League and NSW Premier League matches.

The project, which has been in planning for 12 months, was aided by a $50,000 grant from the NSW government. Wollongong United raised the remaining $100,000.

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