Webbs Ave yesterday with the St Johns volunteers putting in a great effort highlighted fields which were in pretty good condition relative to others even though some were a tad smaller than granville "standard". What fields need a pick me up.
Discussion may help Granville and clubs put a bit of pressure on the local council.
Last Edit: Aug 31, 2009 16:09:11 GMT 10 by happychap
Girraween actually pulled up pretty well after being played on a few weeks back when it was very wet. The grass came back strong I think being dug up by boots on the Saturday and then having the week to rest helped it.
Robin Thomas 2 should never host an all age game (or at the very least a final) again. Too flamin small for adults. We dug broken glass and bottle tops out of the penalty area before the game (and after at least three other matches already played - how the heck they missed it I have no idea - at least half a broken bottle or more there) and penalty spot about two metres short of where it should have been. Field was bare in huge patches. It was a (very, very bad) joke.
For what the councils charge to use these grounds the majority are a disgrace
A club I know well pays the Hills Shire ~ $1,000 for the hire of each of its fields (4 weekdays 5pm-9pm plus 2 weekend days 8am-5pm) each week for 22 weeks, a total of 748 hours of use...a grand outlay of $1.34 per hour! Is that really an issue when you can cater for 50-60 players per hour undergoing training or 20-30 players per hour in matches?
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2009 0:39:30 GMT 10 by happychap
There is the mire of some clubs oversusing their grounds and the lack of interest by councils to maintain in good standard not only the fields but the amenities also. Merrylands Park at this point a little separate from that cricticism.
Bathurst St ( same council I think) is a disgrace, but I think overuse contributes to that one.
Post by whodhavethought on Sept 2, 2009 9:18:52 GMT 10
good points happy about council lack of interest and also overuse. How many parks have ferals use the grounds all throough summer and even in winter hovering there waiting for games to finish, even at one park this year having the temerity to start a fight when the home team started taking the nets down at the end of the day. Yes some fields do tend to get overused bith by the public and also clubs and teams and some people no matter how many times you tell/ask them to stay out of goal mouths etc think it applies to all the over teams except them
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2009 9:23:06 GMT 10 by happychap
I agree with apostropheman. The amount of money any sport pays for renting parks from councils is peanuts compared to renting commercial properties. Compare the $1.30/hr to a say $50/hr one has to pay to hire an indoor court. But we all pay more for those parks being maintained and used by the public by other means like rates and taxes.
Undoubtedly you get what you pay for. The thread was simply asking which is the best and worst ground you have played on. The reasons are far more complex, but the need is great. A contact in Baulkho council has just advise me they have done a survey which indicates in their area alone there is a current need for 7 more grounds. That's not next year's need, or the year after when things keep growing. One thing in our favour is in the short term will be the capacity to schedule more SSG games as they take up less space. But as the sport explodes over the next 5 years when people continue to realise what fun it is, we will have a bigger problem as older teams will need even more grounds. We need to get smarter with our scheduling, influence the councils to prepare for greater needs...........and pay more.
On a very serious note. I am planning on fronting our local council to discuss park time share and leasing. My aim is to gain access to our (Toongabbie) fields for a few extra weeks. We all know about the 7 month and 5 month split with summer sports, and rather than talk about it and constantly whinge its time for action.
Not saying what will come from it but hey its better than sitting around doing nothing. I have contacted my grounds committee, next step will be the association and then the council and probably start with Mark P from Holroyd Council.
I carn't belive someone voted robin thomas as 1 of the best. We played our Grandfinal there and oh-my-god you have got to be kidding, this ground would have to be the worst in granville, and to allow Grandfinals there PLEASE. You needed gumboots in the toilets. The fields, well there was lots of dirt and even a pitchers mound.