Queenscliff designer ready to set football world alight

Ships coming through The Rip were the inspiration behind the next big "must have" for football fans.

Queenscliff designer Nicholas Martino will this month launch Australia's first glow in the dark AFL fooltball - and locals are set to get their hands on the first batch.

Two hundred of the prototype Sherrins will be offered for sale in the first manufacturing run.

Nicholas says he has already had strong interest from local clubs keen to use the balls for training because of poor lighting.

"I want Queenscliff people to be the first to get the ball, then we'll go to other clubs, I've had a lot of interest from clubs keen to use them," he said.

"it's also something for the kids, they just go mad for it."

The idea for the luminous ball came to Nicholas during training at Queenscliff one night.

"Because of the ships coming through the heads and the navigational equipment, we couldn't have lights on one side of the oval, so when we trained over the far side of it got quite dark and you couldn't actually see the ball," he said.

"This was about 10 years ago, but I though why don't we have a glow in the dark footy? When I was capable of working on it I looked into buying the material."

Three prototypes later, Nicholas is confident he has created the perfect night-time alternative and football giant Sherrin appears to agree.

The initial response to the ball could see it rolled out Australia-wide.

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