$250,000 invested in club refurbishment

 New look: Chairman John Sheehan is delighted with the Hutt Old Boys Marist  clubroom refurbishment, which includes a display of jerseys from the nine clubs that made up HOBM
NICHOLAS BOYACK
New look: Chairman John Sheehan is delighted with the Hutt Old Boys Marist clubroom refurbishment, which includes a display of jerseys from the nine clubs that made up HOBM

Visitors looking to enjoy a beer after seeing their team lose to Hutt Old Boys Marist (HOBM) will be able to do so in more comfortable surroundings this season.

The club last week unveiled a $250,000 clubroom refurbishment, which has transformed the building.

Gone are the drab concrete blocks, replaced with a colourful interior and skylights.

There is an upstairs gym, a video analysis room, a new honours board and displays featuring the history of the nine clubs that have been part of HOBM, and material on All Blacks Bernie Fraser and Hika Reid.

Club chairman John Sheehan says the clubrooms were built in 1970 and were looking tired.

The club celebrated 100 years last year and it was decided then to move forward with a more modern look.

The club was granted $160,000 from community trusts and club members raised the remainder. Life member Peter McGuinness, of Builders LT McGuinness, also played a big role, Mr Sheehan says.

He says the club is now well positioned for the future.

"HOBM has been through some challenging times but the club is now arguably one of the strongest in Wellington, boasting more than 600 playing members and over 800 supporters. It has grown over the past decade to a force to be reckoned with across all grades we are represented in."

Their premiers will be coached in 2012 by Matt Lee and Justin Wilson and the season kicks off with an away match with Tawa on April 7.

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