Michael Woodward inspects the damage at the main soccer field at Rushforth Park after vandals attacked it on Wednesday night.
Michael Woodward inspects the damage at the main soccer field at Rushforth Park after vandals attacked it on Wednesday night. JOJO NEWBY

Soccer fields hit by vandals

IDIOTIC hoons have wheelspun their way across Rushforth Park’s main soccer field two days out from a regional soccer carnival and Clarence Valley Council has been blasted for it’s “apathy” on the issue.

President of Super Oldies Soccer (SOS) Grafton, Michael “Woody” Woodward said he was preparing to paint the lines at the South Grafton field for the weekend carnival yesterday when he noticed the damaged field.

“We’ve been asking council for six or seven years to fix the fences at the ground . . . we’ve even written to Richie Williamson who said he’d pass it on to the appropriate people, but nothing’s happened,” Woody said.

A quick glance around Rushforth Park shows fallen timber fence rails in at least three spots – the gaps large enough to fit a car.

Council workers turned up to the fields yesterday morning as The Daily Examiner was inspecting the damage and said they would return shortly with sand to fill in the divots caused by the car.

“It’s the second time this week they’ve done this – they did field two on Tuesday night,” Woody said.

This weekend’s Grafton Cup, hosted by the local SOS club, attracts teams from as far away as the Gold Coast.

Woody said the SOS summer comp boasted some 400 players in 27 teams and Rushforth was well used by the whole soccer fraternity, with junior and senior soccer held there in the season.

“There’s a brand new fence at Fisher Park, but ours has been in disarray for years,” he said.

Woody said he was confident the damage would be repaired in time for Saturday’s carnival kick-off.



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