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Latham Sports ground ruined

By wildturkeycanoe - 22 January 2012 12

Today we went to Latham playing fields to do some cricket practice in the nets with the kids.

All was well, style improving etc., when I noticed near the playing pitch there were some unusual lumps of something. I jogged over to investigate and was confronted with long “divots” in the turf and strips of grass laying in piles next to the pitch.

Some idiot has gone and done burnouts with a car all over the field!

Now this ground is not only used for practice, but also for games in many grades of local cricket and other sports as well. What’s the bet when a complaint is made to local government to get it fixed, they close down the ground considering the amount of damage done.

With Kippax also closed for refurbishment, Holt and Macgregor playing fields unplayable due to lack of proper maintenance [not to mention the poor quality of their nets], where is west Belconnen to train?

Scullin is the only ground I know of that’s left nearby. Incidentally, is it just me or do all the “neighborhood ovals” look miserable compared to the district playing fields?

The morons who trashed this ground will never get caught, but I hope karma catches up with them and sends them walking.

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12 Responses to
Latham Sports ground ruined
Mang 1:54 pm 23 Jan 12

CRICKET ADVANTAGES:

– Creating a demand for large grass ovals/fields, close to home, on which to do Burnouts

Mang 1:51 pm 23 Jan 12

OVAL BURNOUT ADVANTAGES:

– More entertaining to watch than Cricket
– More fun to do than Cricket
– Less chance of getting skin cancers and dehydrated
– Less chance of some idiot hitting a Cricket ball at you/through your cars window/onto your cars roof
– Doesn’t encourage the use of an over paid “famous Cricketer” for every ad on tv right now
– It’s just not Cricket…

Alderney 1:41 pm 23 Jan 12

I see the same sort of damage to the Calwell Playing Fields from time to time. I secretly hope it is a friend or relative of theirs that goes over and breaks their ankle or tears their ligaments, but that would be guilt by association and isn’t very equitaqble.

As an ex-sportsman (rugby league) I find this sort of hooliganism abhorent. A much better outlet is to belt the christ out of 13 blokes wearing different coloured shirts to you for 20 weekends a year.

If caught, the punishment should be a dressing shed lock up for 10 minutes with the senior team/s that use the oval.

No use of hands & legs = no more driving car and damaging playing fields.

dvaey 11:48 am 23 Jan 12

EvanJames said :

It’s hard to believe that no one nearby heard or saw what was going on… you’d think they’d ring the police when this kind of anti-social vandal behaviour was happening.

If it happened the night of the storms, why would anyone near the oval think twice about flashing light and noise of a car doing donuts?

EvanJames 11:18 am 23 Jan 12

It’s hard to believe that no one nearby heard or saw what was going on… you’d think they’d ring the police when this kind of anti-social vandal behaviour was happening.

damien haas 10:28 am 23 Jan 12

This is sad news. Idiot vandals dont realise the damage they cause, not just to property – but the community relying on the infrastructure damaged.

If you are seeking an alternate venue for sports, you could try Hall, the pub handily overlooks two large ovals.

Mysteryman 9:57 am 23 Jan 12

Sorry to break it to you, wildturkeycanoe, but karma doesn’t actually exist.

schmeah 9:48 am 23 Jan 12

BimboGeek said :

We heave a cricket field in Hackett? Stop making up stories. The school playground is the closest we have to a sports field and it is only used every couple of weeks so it can’t be that good.

I see men playing cricket there most weekends and the men’s football league play on both ovals over the winter season. IMO the Hackett ovals are probably the best of the suburban fields.

BimboGeek 7:51 pm 22 Jan 12

We heave a cricket field in Hackett? Stop making up stories. The school playground is the closest we have to a sports field and it is only used every couple of weeks so it can’t be that good.

GardeningGirl 7:26 pm 22 Jan 12

During the drought a nice green local oval in every neighbourhood might have been a luxury but it’s really sad now to think people have to miss out just because of a stupid selfish act like that. 🙁

milkman 7:16 pm 22 Jan 12

A real shame. Come over the Queanbeyan, the playing fields are generally all in great condition.

schmeah 6:50 pm 22 Jan 12

Most neighbourhood ovals are a terrible sight. Dickson ovals were struck off the Capital Football fixture because they were so appalling, they’re looking better now though I can’t see them lasting through the winter.

That said, the ovals at Hackett and at Watson are in excellent condition .. also, Downer oval is looking in excellent condition .. so if you know where to look, there are some good finds.

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