Illawarra Newsroom

New Croome Road oval vandalised

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The Rail Cricket Club is gutted that hoons have vandalised their new main oval at Croome Road.

"Some mongrel got on our ground last night with a motorbike, thought it was quite fun.

"Little do they realise that it's a community thing," the voice said on inspection of the oval.

The playing surface and turf wickets were torn up with a number of long tyre marks.

The tyre tracks are a couple of inches deep in some places.

Lake Illawarra Police have been notified.

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Rail Cricket Club President, Matt Gilly said the vandalism will have a large impact on the club.

"The damage caused by the motorbikes has dug deep into the ground which can cause the cricket ball to bounce unpredictably which can be quite dangerous to the players fielding.

"They have also damaged a section of the pitch in which our volunteer curator of over 20 years, Brian Dunham and his team spend many hours throughout the week to maintain, creating more work for him," he said.

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"Given the current dry conditions we are experiencing it will take some time to repair the damage caused to the field," Gilly said.

The damage will also effect pre-season training for the Albion Park Crows AFL Club and their Auskick program.

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The new complex was only opened in October.

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