Ascot Park turf ready for action
It is a pity Bernie Wood won’t be around on Sunday to see children tearing about on the new Ascot Park artificial turf named in his honour. The rugby league administrator died in April. One of his legacies was getting the turf designed, supported and paid for, but it will be left to his wife, Trisha, to cut the ribbon.
There have been a few delays along the way this year – mainly in laying the actual turf – but project manager Joanne Bennett said it was finally ready.
‘‘It’s a huge shame Bernie won’t be here, but having Trisha unveiling the sign and having his family from Auckland and Australia is fantastic.’’
Naming it the Bernie Wood Sports Turf would have happened whether he was alive or not, Bennett said.
‘‘Bernie would’ve protested, but we would’ve rolled our eyes and done it anyway. It was never going to be called anything else – this came out of his passion. ‘‘It’s exactly what he wanted.’’ She said the public should check it out themselves.
‘‘They may not realise how thick it is and how we can play all sorts of sport on it.’’
Bennett said the $1.6 million facility would be run by a contracted agency.
There was a staple of sports bookings throughout the summer, including plenty of senior football and rugby league training, she said.