A strong plan from two of Australia’s brightest turf minds and hard work has seen the TIO Traeger Park surface bounce back strongly ahead of December’s BBL fixture at the venue.
148 football matches were played on the oval through five months, however the turf has rebounded well thanks to a plan devised by Cricket Tasmania head curator Marcus Pamplin and former Gabba guru Kevin Mitchell.
“There’s no question that following the football season there was a lot of work to do,” Pamplin told the Centralian Advocate.
“The wicket table is looking fantastic and a credit to the (Alice Springs Town Council). The effort now is in levelling the outfield and bringing it up to Big Bash standards.
“From the first week of September to now, it’s amazing how much it has recuperated from the football and the returfing.
“It’s knitted together quite well. The progress has been astonishing really.”
“After the grass has taken in these areas, the height of the mowers are gradually reduced over the weeks to 10mm for game day.
“The pitch (which is in superb condition) will be prepared 10 days out.
“(The Alice Springs Town Council) have done a top job.
“I wouldn’t have thought there would be any issues.
“We just have to work on the levels, get the height done and hopefully get some good weather instead of a storm like past years.”
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