come back to me in 5 years. its not hard to work out its quite symply.it dosnt give as much as grass so when wearing studs and it dosent give as much as grass then something is going to go. we played on the seven hills one this year 2 knees and i think the old boys copped some injuries
I think you'll find at least a couple of grounds have been there 5 years already
Post by CaptainBayliner on Jun 28, 2012 12:24:57 GMT 10
I agree with Stan. As much I don't like too.
Synethtic does not have the give of a slight slide - adjust on turns. Also slide tackles are out of the question unless you want carpet burn. Playing football becomes a different ball game to adjust too.
Still these fields are the way of the future but unless granville get some its something no-one has to worry about unless your playing on them in SC or C of C.
Yes I know the advantage of synthetic in the wet. My lad trained on hills sports high all pre-season. Great for the wet but come summer on hot days not that great.
Anyways moot until granville get some.
Of course we respect your opinion no matter how stupid it is!
As more and more of these fields get installed the technology improves and many/any concerns will be addressed. The one on Cromer park which opened a couple of weeks ago does not use black robber. It uses what i think is called Indian sand which is supposed to be much better in many ways. I read somewhere it is the only/best of its kind in Australia and can handle 60 hours a week of games and training in any weather. I doubt any natural turf can compete there.
I don't think it should replace natural turf altogether but there should be a lot more of them around compared to what we have now.
If you are going to have artificial surfaces, why not just play indoor soccer with an oversized tennis ball? As a ref, I love it when I get the chance to run around in the rain, slipping & sliding. I guess I am old school.
This argument reminds me of when Temora golf club argued about Sand Greens v's Grass Greens. The old blokes were saying: "Where are we going to get the water from?" The youngsters were saying: "We will build a dam."
Trouble was the fees went through the roof & nobody could afford to play anymore.
good point about the fees. See my earlier post about Blacktown assn grassroots payers paying for the artificial turf that they never get to use. But ridiculous point in comparing it with playing with large tennis balls indoors ;D
spawn my point is plastic/rubber is stronger then grass.so when your studs are stuck in it it will not break like the grass does. what gets me here is you are a smart man but you can not work it out. yes you can play on it when it rains yes its drains better yes its is flater yes the ball runs true,im with you on all these points.maybe as i said the grass cats would be better for this surface as no studs
grass is weaker full stop
This is my opinion and i don't give a toss what you think
Stan, How often do you play on a nice 2 inch thick grass with a soft wet but firm ground under it? We are talking councils here, as soon as the ground is soft the fields are closed. Baring early season when the fields are still fresh, 80% of the time we are playing on grounds harder than artificial anyway. And if we go back to the time that we had the drought, most grounds were as hard as concrete with hardly any grass on them.
Somebody earlier in the thread asked what the cost of the Northbridge Field was. The figures below were provided by Willoughby Council.
The funding for the project had 6 sources: State Govt Grant - $300,000 Federal Govt Grant - $ 107,000 Sydney Water -$100,000 Ku-ring-gai District Soccer Association - $150,000 Northbridge Football Club -$200,000 Willoughby Council - $700,000
My assumption is that the total funding/cost above includes Cricket Pitch. From memory the field is 100m x 100m? Or something similar to those dimensions. That kind of cost probably includes an upgrade to facilities. Will try to find out.
Supposedly the field at Hills Sports High cost $1M? But that was during Building Education R and the cost must have been over the odds.