New Betting Ring

Mary Boller and Roger Norton in front of the new Betting Ring

THE brand new book makers ring at the Cooma-Monaro Race Club was officially opened on Saturday in honour of two dedicated club members Frank Boller and Cliff Norton. Frank Boller held the position of club secretary for 18 years and would often tend to the ground tidying and maintaining the club area in his retirement. Cliff Norton was a member of the Cooma-Monaro Race Club committee for 40 years and upheld the position of vice chairman a number of times. Mr Norton’s son Roger Norton said the facility was state-of-the-art. “It houses 20 bookies, it’s under cover, the concrete floor means it’s not slippery and most importantly the punters will be comfortable and well served by a competitive betting ring,” Mr Norton said. Cooma-Monaro Race Club president Mick Schofield said that both men had a long running history with the club and that the ring was a way of honouring the contribution both men made to the club over many years. “It provides shade and is neater and tidier plus it looks spectacular,” Mr Schofield. Perfectly in line with the grandstand and in matching cream and red the new structure blends in to the new surrounds. A working bee was held at the race course to get the ground in top shape ahead of Saturday’s race meet and with over $50,000 in improvements including upgrades to the ladies toilets and jockey room the club has spent about $70,000 on the ground in the last few years. “A number of local businesses helped us out with material and in kind support plus the committee worked as labourers for William’s concreting who laid the slab.” “Southern Plumbing donated the plumbing, Crawford’s Sheds put up the shed and Cooma Sand and Concrete gave us the concrete at a reduced rate, I’d like to thank them all for their help and support.” On Saturday the Boller and Norton families were on board to celebrate the opening of the new facility which was well attended.