Irish green has North grinning
Friday, 14th December, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Work has almost been completed at the North Lawn Bowls Club with brand new synthetic greens being installed following a grant from the NSW Government.
The bottom green was infested with an incurable disease, so the club was left with one option; replace the grass with carpet or be reduced to just one green, limiting their ability to host tournaments and reducing the lifespan of the remaining green.
The Government came to their aid with a $294,000 grant which has been used to replace the infected green with synthetic carpet and AstroTurf to the surrounding areas.
The carpet was imported from Ireland and is the first to be laid in Australia with an increased thickness which will prolong its lifespan.
Club director Ray White couldn’t be happier with the new green and paid tribute to those that helped with the funding.
“It cost $300,000 to replace and we got the money through the Clubs and Gaming Grant, a government grant,” White said.
“Mr Kevin Humphries and his staff, and also Mr Mike Williams from Regional Development Australia have helped us immensely and we can’t say enough how appreciative we are for their help.
“This carpet is our saviour. If not for that we would have gone backwards.”
The club’s greenkeepers have done well to prevent the turf disease, known as Ground Pearl, from spreading to the top green and there will be very little difference in terms of playing style between the two greens.
“Our greenkeepers here, Tony Brown and Ron Payne, have done such a wonderful job to keep the top green in order,” White said.
“It still runs beautiful and they must be commended for that.
“(The new green) runs pretty much the same as the top green so there’s no hassle there and it takes a nice kind bias.”
The redevelopment might not be finished just yet with the club looking for a solution to combat Broken Hill’s heat.
“We cancelled five or six tournaments last year because of heat, especially when its 40 (degrees) because its 45 out on the greens and we don’t need anyone dropping on the green,” White explained.
“So we’re about to put in for another grant that will be used on a retractable shade cloth. It’ll help protect the new carpet and the members.”