Up­grade a boost for sports

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - JARED NICOLL

Help is fi­nally on hand for the big­gest home of ju­nior rugby teams in Welling­ton, which re­sorts to us­ing car head­lights to il­lu­mi­nate train­ing.

A ma­jor up­grade of sports fa­cil­i­ties at Nga¯ti Toa Do­main in Porirua could in­clude in­stalling light­ing tow­ers, which would be a big help for the Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton Rugby Foot­ball Club which squeezes in train­ing 30-plus ju­nior rugby teams un­der lim­ited light­ing two nights a week.

While the light­ing up­grade is de­pen­dent on get­ting the ap­pro­pri­ate coun­cil con­sent, Porirua City Coun­cil is in the process of re­vamp­ing sports field num­ber three to cre­ate two full-sized se­nior win­ter sports grounds, fea­tur­ing dual posts for rugby and foot­ball, to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber.

Club chair­man Dave Ives said last sea­son tem­po­rary lights were in­stalled to al­low night-time train­ing to help meet demand but at times evening train­ing was held us­ing car head­lights to il­lu­mi­nate the fields.

‘‘We are chomp­ing at the bit for them to do it. This is go­ing to give us a lot more op­tions. We cater for a lot of kids, with 529 play­ing for our club every Satur­day last sea­son.’’

Light­ing tow­ers would ease pres­sure on the grounds by al­low­ing train­ing ses­sions to run later at night on full-sized fields.

He hoped they would be up and run­ning by March, in time to light up the new fields for the rugby sea­son.

‘‘For us to have two more fields over the num­ber 3 is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. It will give us an­other re­ally good qual­ity field. It’s go­ing to make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence for us.’’

The cricket nets and run-ups along­side the field are also be­ing up­graded and a new ju­nior grass wicket, and a se­nior ar­ti­fi­cial wicket which can be used in all weath­ers, are be­ing cre­ated.

Porirua City Ju­nior Cricket Club chair­man Kevin Findlay said they were look­ing for­ward to us­ing the up­graded nets and fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be mas­sive for us and cricket in Porirua.’’

The coun­cil’s parks op­er­a­tions man­ager Ju­lian Emeny said there was huge demand from sports clubs for fields to train on in Porirua and this will help ease some of that pres­sure.

As part of the project, the coun­cil was look­ing at in­stalling light­ing tow­ers for evening train­ing on field num­ber 3.

‘‘We still have to go through a con­sent process but our goal is to have them up for next win­ter’s sports sea­son,’’ Emeny said.

While the field and cricket fa­cil­i­ties are closed, ju­nior cricket prac­tices have shifted to En­deav­our Park in Whitby and the Satur­day games to Kura and Onepoto parks at Ti­tahi Bay.

The field is fenced off while the work is un­der way.

PHO­TOS: ROB ARLOW

Ngati Toa Do­main, which is get­ting a big re­vamp to boost lo­cal sport. Top right, the field sprayed off for work to be­gin.

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