Seminar Wrap Up

The Sports Turf Seminar held 19th July 2017 at AAMI Park delivered important messages and the day flowed smoothly thanks to Master of Ceremonies Darren James.

With a mix of speakers covering the primary issues of optimization of ground use and versatility; the appearance of a special guest who made AFL history playing the most games; and some of the inaugural women’s league players, the event was both an informative and entertaining day for the
industry.

James Royal

The first speaker, Bayer’s James Royal, presented the trends in plant protection research and the
significant challenges in bringing out a product that meets the multiple needs of end users and regulatory controls. Shayne Ward, AFL Facilities Manager outlined the AFL Victoria’s Football
Facilities Development Strategy. One amazing fact – “In 2010 there were 58 Female AFL teams. In 2017 there are 682 teams. 347 of those came in the last year.”

Daniel Lancefield

But AFL was not the only sport with accelerated development. Daniel Lancefield, of Football Federation Victoria highlighted the growth of soccer facility requirements in Victoria. Out of Daniels’s presentation came some interesting statistics which highlight there is a great deal of work in the future for soccer pitches – There are 1177 pitches in Victoria – 288 pitches with grass that is
not high wear tolerant; 351 pitches constructed on poor irrigating soils; 412 pitches with no drainage. And cricket, the national summer sport, occupies 7700 grounds in Victoria according to Jake McMinn, National Community Facilities Manager of Cricket Victoria.

Grant Greenway, Research Committee Convenor of STA (Vic) delivered the first report from John Neylan on the project financed by STA (Vic) – “Compare possible hours of use for different sports
field construction types and maintenance inputs.”

Additional technical issues on stadium development and construction came from Erik Kinlon of HG Sports Turf. Not alone in the construction sphere, Jarrod Hill from Sporteng enlightened the delegates with information related to the Perth Stadium and the new flagship for Cricket Victoria at
Junction Oval.

Events took a different angle when Rob Savedra explained the night a fire took hold at Wesley College and how the school, students, staff and friends dealt with the aftermath in 2016.

Jim Porter announced the winner of the STA Australia Graduate Award of 2016 – Joe Bolton (Wodonga & District Turf Club). Joe was presented with a trophy and thanked all those involved.
Jim also announced STA (Vic)’s Scholarship winner – Thomas McGovan (Geelong Racing Club).

The day was not a totally male affair, our panel of AFLW girls – Kaitlyn Ashmore (Brisbane Lions), Deanna Berry and Brooke Lochland (both Western Bulldogs) gave an insight into their early playing years that fostered their interest in football, what it is like playing on the various grounds and injuries. You could have heard a pin drop in the room for that 30 minutes!

Continuing with the AFL the audience enjoyed an hour with Brent Harvey -North Melbourne and AFL games record holder with 432 games and one of the AFL’s stars of the 21st Century. Brent was the perfect guest to finish a terrific day!

A special thanks to major sponsor Jacobsen, STA (Vic) Sponsors, and speakers.

Upcoming Events:-
The STA (Vic) AGM will be held 24th August, 2017 at Rosstown Hotel, Carnegie at 4.00pm. Details and information will be sent to members.
Pitch Preparation Day will be held at Melbourne Grammar School, Flack Park Port Melbourne on the 12th September 2017. For registration forms please contact Jan Fenton 0439 089 005 or email: vic@sportsturf.asn.au

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