Redbacks AFL committee members (from left) Peter Millard, Jackie Millard, Keith Clarke and Dave Drewery on the new oval.
Redbacks AFL committee members (from left) Peter Millard, Jackie Millard, Keith Clarke and Dave Drewery on the new oval.

Dry weather needed

DAVE Drewery wants some dry weather to get machinery on the new Redbacks AFL home ground as the club prepares for its first season on St Mark’s Oval.

While the ground was covered by floodwater last week, Drewery said the major problem was how the wet ground had put work back.

“We want to get machinery on the field to mow it,” Drewery said.

“Couch was planted in the centre bounce area two years ago and is growing well.

“Late last year turf ripped up at the golf club was donated to the AFL club and laid on the southern side of the ground.”

Some turf was laid on the field from the property of AFL Darling Downs coach Jason Wright and his wife Tanya.

Drewery said volunteers had planted many grass runners on the field.

“Anyone with unwanted turf or grass runners is welcome to call us and club members will remove and transport the grass to the grounds.

The ground is expected to be ready for the club’s first home game this season in round five.

While the club storage shed on the mound on the north-west side of the AFL oval had shallow water through it, there were no losses.

The one big re-think for the Redbacks is the siting of the clubhouse.

President Keith Clarke said the plan was to have a storage area underneath a first-floor clubhouse.

“Now we may put the storage area on a mound and would like to have the clubhouse on the next floor above the 1976 flood level (higher than 2010).”

While Clarke said the clubhouse would absolutely be on the western side, the exact positioning would be re-assessed in the light of last week’s flood.

The flood won’t stop the Redbacks from getting back on the training paddock on Tuesday at 5.30pm at Slade Park. Offers of turf to Drewery on 0418 730837


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