It's no secret that fields have taken a beating from the last few years of wet weather, severe storms and continual vandalism.
Just over the last two years alone:
- We've had our shade structures torn to pieces by high-winds
- The clay on a main diamond has been pushed 6 inches to 1 foot beneath the top-soil / deco.
- Field 2 has had someone cut a large hole in the fence to drive a car through.
- Someone tried to break into the canteen by drilling out the locks..
- And of course the numerous graffiti incidents that always seem to coincide with school holidays (funny that..)
Well, we're on our way to repairing a lot of the damage and bringing our fields back up to the high standards that we expect.
Over the last two months our head grounds keeper and life member Rob Rohweder has been on the tractor re-cutting the diamonds. Diamonds 3 & 4 have had Home-Plate recut, bringing all of the clay back to the surface.
We've also started rebuilding the mounds on diamonds 2, 3 & 4.
Repairs to diamond 1 have been started, but have been hindered by the continual wet weather.
Another project that is well underway and taking shape is the addition of 3 new grandstands, situated in front of the toilet block between diamonds 1 and 2. The concrete slabs were prepped and laid earlier in the week.
All three grandstands will be complete in time for the start of the season, providing much needed shade and seating for spectators on both diamonds.
Speaking of shade, both of our shade structures that were destroyed during summers storms have been replaced. The new dark red / maroon colour is quite an improvement from the sun-bleached green that we had previously.
Other improvements that we hope to have completed this year includes:
- Better lighting in and around the batting cages
- New Scorers Boxes
- Announcement / Music / PA System for Diamond 1