Sport

Rain damages turf

Warwick Hockey Association president Peter Pickering inspects the damage.
Warwick Hockey Association president Peter Pickering inspects the damage.

IT took 10 men and two weeks to lay $300,000 worth of synthetic turf, and only a couple of hours of surging water to rip it up one year later.

Yesterday, Warwick Hockey Association members walked the sodden turf to see first-hand the damage of Monday’s flood.

Club president Peter Pickering said the association funded last year’s field upgrade with a $200,000 loan, a $50,000 grant and fundraising and was unsure if the turf could be repaired.

“We’re hoping the turf can be salvaged but we need an expert to come down and let us know the extent of damage,” Pickering said. “We built a levee bank but it wasn’t able to contain the water’s force.

“We found hockey goals at the soccer oval next door.”

The club’s 81 years of Warwick support meant more than 40 people came to lend a helping hand to pick debris from fencing and clear the bottom level of the two-storey clubhouse.

“We’re so thankful for all the support; this club has a wealth of history,” Pickering said.

The field was to hold a national men’s 40- to 50-years competition next year – the women’s equivalent sold out Warwick accommodation for the four-day program – but that is now in doubt due to flood damage.