New carpet pleases Warwick players
AFTER nearly a month's hiatus, hockey players are happy to resume their matches on the new $300,000 artificial turf on the main playing field at Queens' Park come July 31.
Warwick Hockey Association treasurer and project co-ordinator Cate Hodgson said their 13-year-old water-based synthetic turf had to be replaced after it had worn out.
“They (Team Sports, a Sydney based company) have started to roll out the carpet that is being prepared and then they will spread 8mm of sand into the pile of carpet,” Hodgson said.
“It will take 10 days to complete and you can play on it straight away. Players can play on the new synthetic turf in wet or dry conditions.
“We pulled the old carpet on July 4 and, with the school holidays, we have not missed many matches ... and we played on the grass on the weekend.”
She said the replacement of the turf was financed by a $200,000 loan from the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) and a $50,000 federal government water grant.
“Because we were saving on water, we received a water grant and the rest of it is association money,” Hodgson said.
“The help from players to pull out the old carpet has been tremendous - we hope the new turf will last another 13 years.”