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Light 'em up . . . Maheno and Kurow play under lights at the Maheno Domain last season. PHOTO: GLEN MARSHALL

Maheno lit up the Citizens Shield last season and now the club is hoping to be permanently in the rugby spotlight.

The buoyant country club is embarking on a quest to install new lights at the Maheno Domain.

“We’re looking to replace the lights. The ones down there are not that great for training,” project spokesman Barry Kingan said.

“First and foremost, it’s to get better lights for training. We are thinking about the need to future-proof the club, and making it more attractive for players to come here.

“But down the track, there might be some opportunity for night games too.”

Maheno played a night game against Kurow last season, and another against Excelsior earlier this month.

Kingan said the club was looking to build its junior rugby base and that was another good reason to pursue the lights project.

“Playing schoolboy rugby could even be an option during the week, so people can have their weekends free.”

Maheno representatives have been liaising with Network Waitaki and Plunket Electrical to get some quotes and ideas.

It could cost the club as much as $40,000 to get new lights – one at each corner of the ground – installed, Kingan said. That would mean a good deal of fundraising would be needed, and that was under way.

“We had a stock sale last week and raised over $4000.

“We’re really grateful for the support from the local farming community. We didn’t give them much notice but the response was really great.”

Maheno went from the wooden spoon to the championship last season, beating Old Boys after extra time in the Citizens Shield final.

That success was helping push the lights project as the club was determined not to slip back into the shadows, Kingan said.

“The club’s certainly on a bit of a high after a pretty good year. The guys achieved something pretty special last year.

“But this is also about recognising people who have stuck with the club for a number of years. The club’s been kept ticking over, and we’ve got great support.”