Club fixing oval after vandalism
ABOUT half the pickets knocked off the fence around Harwood Oval cricket ground have been replaced, but the job of deterring the vandals who did the damage has progressed further.
Harwood Cricket Club president Tim McMahon said the club needed about another 100 pickets to replace those knocked off in last week's attack on the ground and was awaiting delivery of more to finish the job.
But he was confident the club had passed on the message to stay away from the ground after-hours to the young people who smashed it up late last month.
"We've spoken to the ones that hang around the ground and told them they're welcome to use the ground during the day, so long as they don't take divots out of the ground and leave rubbish lying around," Mr McMahon said.
"But we've told them after dark it's not theirs and they need to stay away.
"The police are doing a good job keeping the ground under surveillance at night."
He said the Harwood Sugar Mill owned the land and had made it available for the community to use.
The cricket club converted the area into a picturesque ground with a 1920s pavilion and picket fence.
Mr McMahon said the community rallied after the attack and worked hard to repair the damage quickly.