Vandals have struck Kyabram Recreation Reserve for the second time in a week, with a second cricket pitch now left to bear the scars of a push bike.DAMEN FRANCIS November 29, 2012 4:10am
Vandals have struck Kyabram Recreation Reserve for the second time in a week, with a second cricket pitch now left to bear the scars of a push bike.
No sooner had ground staff repaired the damage done to the first wicket on Sunday night, than a second pitch at the reserve was given the same treatment overnight on Tuesday.
Kyabram Cricket Club president Andrew Porch reported the incident to police yesterday morning and described the actions as ‘‘nuisance value’’.
‘‘I don’t think they are targeting the club as such, just wrecking whatever they find,’’ Porch said.
‘‘Basically all it is, is someone riding over (the pitch) and because it’s wet (the tyres are) biting in a fair bit.
‘‘It’s probably a little bit worse than last time, there are more tracks across the wicket, where as the other one was really just one track up the middle.’’
According to Porch, one of the club’s members saw children on bikes near the reserve about 6
‘‘We’re not too happy with what has occurred because these are good members of the community being affected,’’ Sgt Law said.
‘‘We will continue to look into the matter, but we need the help of the community to move forward.’’
Given the tyre marks were concentrated on the wicket area on both occasions, it is likely the vandalism was deliberate, but Sgt Law said police would leave open all avenues of investigation.
Such incidents put added pressure on cricket clubs to provide suitable playing conditions every weekend.
Day two of the Cricket Shepparton Haisman Shield match between Kyabram and Numurkah is due to be played at Kyabram Recreation Reserve on Saturday and Porch remained confident the pitch would be ready in time.
‘‘It takes a lot more work to flatten out the pitch, so it’s nuisance value really,’’ Porch said.
‘‘It means volunteers have to spend a lot more time down at the club.
‘‘The other wicket is already flattened out, it has been rolled and it will be playable.
‘‘We’ll just have to keep our eyes and ears open to make sure it doesn’t happen again.’’
The theft of several treasured instruments from a Numurkah home has devastated owners.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club has hosted the first ever ACA Masters contest at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga.
The regular annual tour of heritage-listed former Internment Tatura Camp One again this year attracted interest from Melbourne and Interstate visitors.
AFFORDABLE property is not out of reach — it is just out of town.
A GROUP of Rochester Secondary College students visited Bendigo last week to donate blood for the first time.
Bowls Club hosts 49th Victorian Country Masters Pairs
The Oriential Weatherloach has infested the Goulburn River.
The largest ever Strawberry Fields crowd turned out to enjoy the event on the Murray River at Tocumwal at the weekend.
AFTER the hottest October in Victoria since records began in the 1850s, it will come as little surprise that rainfall across the district was unusually low.
Although finishing the competition a day earlier than he would have liked, Katamatite local Curtis Hanley was still thrilled that he reached his goal at the recent Victorian Open for Lawn Bowls.
Mathoura car crash sparks grass fire.
Watch and Act issued for Corowa and Wahgunyah near Rutherglen, urging people to leave now as conditions may worsen.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.