Turf Panel: Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC)
9 May 2011 - Consultancy - Turf Panel - 3 comments
So, what’s CEC then, is it important and do you raise it? We don’t have a clue! But here are four knowledgeable heads that do; Jerry Spencer, Liam Harper, Dr. Micah Woods and Anthony Asquith all give us their take on the message board’s question of the month. Check out more on Cation Exchange Capacity inside:
17 Oct 2010 - Cricket - Sarah Gibson
Part 2 of our look at the twin international stadiums in Hamilton, New Zealand. This installment takes us into the beautiful Seddon Park, a true classic test match stadium, with a great picnic carnival atmosphere for its spectators. It's also the second largest proper cricket ground in New Zealand. Head Groundsman Karl Johnson tell us a little about life at the park.
13 Sep 2010 - General Sports - Sarah Gibson - 1 comment
This two-part article takes us to Hamilton in New Zealand. Hamilton (Kirikiriroa in Mâori) is New Zealand's fourth largest city and is also home to two world renowned international stadiums, Waikato Stadium and test cricket venue Seddon Park. Part one of this article has Pitchcare Oceania having a chat to Karl Johnson and his team about the famous Waikato Stadium.
Locked on to Kinloch!
25 Aug 2010 - Golf - Rob Jenkins
Pitchcare Oceania pops into the beautiful Kinloch Club on the shores of the biggest freshwater lake in Oceania 'Lake Taupo '. The Kinloch Club is the only course in New Zealand designed by world famous golfer and course architect, Jack Nicklaus. Kinloch Superintendent Chris Downes and his Assistant Mark Kerr have a chat about about life and management at this stunning golf course.
The Mexted Story
5 Jul 2010 - Editorial - Sarah Gibson
Steve Mexted reflects on Wellington 15 years ago where the sports grounds were mud pits with no proper drainage and poorly maintained. Players would emerge from a game covered from head to toe in mud. A number of the sports grounds were built on landfills and were far from ideal playing surfaces. In the last few years sand profiles and good drainage systems have been installed resulting in better quality playing surfaces as well as less muddy players to watch!
Return of the Mack
30 Mar 2010 - Schools - Sarah Gibson
The pretty North Island city of Palmerston North or “Palmy”, as it’s affectionately known to the locals, is home to the Manuwatu campus of Massey University, which enjoys a world renowned reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Gary Mack is in charge of all the grounds on the campus including the famous The Sports and Rugby Institute which has produced many a famous young All Black.
The Anco Story
11 Feb 2010 - Best of the Rest - Sarah Gibson
Pitchcare Oceania travels to the Anco head office in Cranbourne, for a chat with owner and founder John Cotter and his right hand man manager Bruce Stephens. We have to travel back to the heady days of 1977 to South Melbourne to discover the beginnings of Anco. Discover how Anco grew from a 20 acre patch of dirt in Geelong to Melbourne's biggest Turf Supplier.
Hats off to Hatton Part 2: The Recycling Revolution and “Lefty Socialist” Geoff!
3 Feb 2010 - Best of the Rest - Sarah Gibson - 1 comment
Geoff Hatton is one of the most recognisable figures in our industry, he’s a straight talking man with a wealth of experience. Catch up with the last of our two part special with the story continuing from the year 2000 to now.
Hats off to Hatton! Part 1: Early days to the Olympics
27 Jan 2010 - Best of the Rest - Sarah Gibson
Geoff Hatton is one of the most recognisable figures in our industry. He’s a straight talking man with a wealth of experience. Cobbity Turf Farm south of Sydney is home to Geoff’s businesses Sustainable Renovations and Manoeuvre Equipment Pty Ltd, the sports field construction arm of the business.
Pakuranga Perfect in Auckland
20 Jan 2010 - Golf - Sarah Gibson
Pitchcare had the pleasure of meeting two hard working Greenkeepers at the established Pakuranga Country club. The 18 hole course is situated in Auckland’s quiet eastern suburbs. It’s proud to include itself as one of the top five courses in the Auckland area, and that’s no mean feat! Wendy Horneman is 2IC at the course. Kelly Hibbert is a former 2IC at Pakuranga and now part time Greenkeeper and proud Mum.
Not Just a School
27 Jul 2009 - Schools - Simon Kars
St Joseph's College prides itself on providing students with a well-rounded, balanced education, focusing on boys' academic, physical, social, spiritual and recreation needs. The school possesses a rich and proud history dating from 1881, with many notable ‘Old Boys’ including fifty plus Australian Wallabies, numerous state/provincial Rugby Union players, several Rugby League players and various international test cricketers.
Hinkley Continues to Convert
2 Jun 2009 - Rugby - Simon Kars
The Parramatta Eels are not having the best start to the 2009 ruby league season with some critics putting question marks over players at the club. Yet year after year one aspect of the club which is never in question is the high quality playing surfaces prepared by head groundsman, Dave Hinkley
On Serve at Kooyong
21 Apr 2009 - Tennis - Simon Kars
Kooyong Lawns Tennis Club is the spiritual home of Australian tennis and has been so since 1892. The previous home of the Australian Open and numerous Davis Cup matches only touches on the club’s rich and proud history. Now for over 18 months, Nick Rennison has worn the prestigious title as Head Grounds Manager at Kooyong.