Update 8th January 2012
As the bottom green is now is use and the top green is undergoing maintenance, we have been requested by Proturf (Green Keepers) that all roll ups and training run East/West using the marker pegs as the guide. Roll ups and training are not to take place running North/South. There is a notice on the Blackboard. It has also been requested that as the green is soft underfoot, bowlers place bowls on the green and not throw bowls on or onto the green. Dropping and throwing bowls causes dents which can be difficult to repair.
Unfortunately, there may be times when a bowler wants to roll up, however the green is being used for an event running North/South. The problem will remain until the the top green comes back into play. We ask that consideration prevails should this occur. Some social and competition games will be played East/West. Those games will be played on designated rinks and marked accordingly.
The top green has been cut and the grooming wheel applied. Plugging will commence shortly and the green will be cored. Provided the weather is kind etc, it is felt the green will be back in play prior to the commencement of the Pennant season. The top green does not require as much maintenance this year as it underwent a full program last year.
Update 18th December
It is envisaged, the bottom green will be ready to be used on Friday or Saturday 30/31 December 2011. The green has received it final rub in and has responded well considering the weather conditions. The green will be sprayed for nematodes so hopefully the problems that occurred earlier in the year will not be repeated.
As soon as the bottom green is ready, the top green will be renovated. It is planned to scarify, core and feed the green. Some plugging will also take place. Rub ins will occur. Last year the green received a considerable amount of maintenance which will not be necessary this time around. Subject to weather conditions it is planned the green will be back in play prior to the commencement of the Pennant season.
The top green has stood up well considering the extra work load placed on it due to the problems with the bottom green. Some clubs will be closing their greens over the Christmas/New year period to try and get them ready for the 2012 year. It is appreciated there is frustration with the top green at the moment, however with a little more patience it is hoped the matter will be rectified shortly.
Update 28th November
Due to the recent wet weather, the renovation work has been delayed by one week. It had been intended to have a further rub in last week, however provided the weather stays kind it will happen in the latter part of this week. The green was cut on Sunday and a further cut was completed today. Due to the wet weather, the green has been sprayed to deal with black spot.
At this stage it is envisaged the green will be back in service by mid to late December. It also needs to be remembered, Summer has not commenced, therefore with warm nights, good watering and rapid grass growth, the green should come up well for 2012.
It needs to be remembered, the top green is in better condition now than what it was before it was taken out for service last year. Due to the condition of the green last year, the top green was taken out first. Some renovation work has commenced to limit time when the bottom green comes back into play. Plugging will take place, coring and fertilising. It is envisaged, the top green will be back before the Pennant season commences.
The sprinkler heads that were defective on the bottom and top greens have been repaired and are operational.
The green received its first top dressing on Monday 31 October 2011. Plugging has been taking place on the edges and on other parts of the green. Further top dressings will be taking place over the coming weeks with resulting rub ins. It is anticipated subject to the weather conditions that the green will be ready for play during early December.
The green has been fertilised to have it active prior to renovation. Whilst the green is still in play, plugging will commence so the time that it will be out of play will be limited. It is anticipated at this stage and again subject to weather conditions, the green will be back in play well before Pennant season which commences in February 2012. Sprinkler heads 5 (bottom green) and 11 (top green) have been repaired. Number 5 still requires a further part; however it can be used manually. As soon as the part arrives it will be fitted.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to correspond with the Sports Club Board on a number of matters concerning the greens. An email was sent to Steve Brady on 19 October 2011. The matters raised have been discussed by the Board and a favourable response has been received.
Peter Eagle for Greens Committee 5th November 2011