Wanton damage puts league in a spot
Friday, 17th June, 2011
By Andrew Robertson
The Broken Hill Football League has condemned a "senseless" vandalism attack at the Jubilee Oval including the new electronic scoreboard.
The scoreboard, which was installed earlier this year at a cost of about $100,000, is no longer working after it was damaged on Monday afternoon.
And it remains unclear when it will be fixed, with the league waiting on advice as to the exact nature of the vandalism and the cost of repairs.
An initial inspection by league officials revealed wiring at the side and rear has been damaged along with a receiver and other electronic equipment.
"To say it is disappointing would be an understatement," League Chairman Glenn Williams said yesterday.
"The amount of work and effort that has gone into financing the project and the amount of goodwill and in-kind it took to erect the scoreboard is huge and to see senseless acts like this it makes you wonder what people are thinking."
The vandals also targeted the league's clubrooms, smashing a window, and put a hole in the wall of the media box in the grandstand.
Mr Williams said the league was yet to decide if it would claim insurance or pay to fix the damage itself - either way it was going to have a financial impact.
The league either faced an increase to its insurance premium or, if it funded the repairs itself, would have to put on hold some improvements to the ground.
"Things like this just take away from other areas," Mr Williams said.
Until the scoreboard is repaired the league will have to use the old manual scoreboard but Mr Williams said the oval was also used by many other sports.
"All these organisations are going to be disadvantaged by morons who have nothing better to do than wreak havoc around the place."
Police caught two children, both under the age of 10, in the oval on Monday. A resident told police they saw children throw rocks at the scoreboard. But no action could be taken against them due to their age.
Mr Williams said there weren't many options open to the league to make the oval more secure.
"Unfortunately there's not much that can be done."