As­cot Park turf ready for ac­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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