New hockey field of dreams
EXCITEMENT continues to build as progress on Grafton's new water-based hockey surface speeds up.
Grafton Hockey's chief executive Bruce Carle confirmed contracts had been handed to Team Sport, the builder of the existing water-based field, and McLennan Earth Moving.
Work is expected to be completed in mid to late July on the surface, which was a sand base before being ripped up earlier this year.
The ultimate aim is to build an area capable of hosting the state championships in coming seasons.
Once completed, the field will complement the existing water-based field.
“It's not just a quick fix,” Carle said.
“It's a major reconstruction of the old sand base.”
“It gives us more options with things like the state championships.”
Carle said major work centred on the underbase camber, a raised high point in the middle of the field.
“It's very water-efficient,” he said.
“It will certainly put us on the radar.”
A new fence is also in the pipeline for the hockey complex, while the existing carpark between the hockey and cricket fields will be revamped.
“That will tidy the whole area up,” Carle said.
Once the work is completed, Grafton Hockey is considering returning the men's B-grade competition to Sundays, after it was shifted in a pre-season draw change to accommodate the short-term lack of facilities.