Hoons carve up footy ovals

Redbacks players Tyhe Clarkson and Andrew Bardsley are disgusted by the damage to the field caused by hoons.
Redbacks players Tyhe Clarkson and Andrew Bardsley are disgusted by the damage to the field caused by hoons. Georja Ryan

WARWICK footy fields may see their fair share of blood, sweat and tears come game time but there's a whole lot more that goes into making them into pristine playing fields.

When Redbacks coach Jason Wright went down to Roddie's Oval last Thursday, he was disgusted to see hoons had carved tyre marks into the grass, with torn-out tufts scattered across not only the Aussie Rules field, but the adjacent touch football fields as well.

"It's just a pain," Mr Wright said.

"It's frustrating because, obviously, all sporting clubs put a lot of time, money and effort into their fields and it's just idiots being idiots."

He said although the damage could have been worse, it was still heart-breaking to have something members had worked hard to achieve damaged under their nose.

"It hasn't stopped us playing but we have to do a bit of repair work before the next game," Mr Wright said.

"Not only that, if we can't play here for some reason that will cost our club income because we've got to play elsewhere."

The club has trusted the Warwick community to do the right thing and not vandalise the fields until it can gather the funds to erect a boundary fence.

Warwick Touch Football Association president Jamie Cochrane said he too was disappointed hoons could be so heartless.

"It's ridiculous - nothing is achieved by it," Mr Cochrane said.

"It is a bit disheartening. We put a lot of effort and our own time into these fields."

Topics:  hoons, jamie cochrane, jason wright, roddie's oval, warwick redbacks, warwick touch football association



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