Council decision is pitch perfect for club

Olli Smith, Shae Delnon and Charlie Evans with fellow Quinns Football Club junior players. d417670
Olli Smith, Shae Delnon and Charlie Evans with fellow Quinns Football Club junior players. d417670

Cr Russell Driver won the support of his peers at the March 4 council meeting when he moved to remove the central wicket at Gumblossom Reserve in Quinns Rocks.

The councillors agreed to do so, subject to consultation with Quinns Rocks Primary School, allowing installation of a third match pitch and accompanying set of goals for $10,000.

Quinns Football Club president Steve Alderson said it was a great decision for the club, which would have about 800 players this season.

‘It will give us an extra pitch which will relieve a lot of pressure,’ he said.

Cr Driver said the cricket pitch had not been used for five years.

City community development director Fiona Bentley said covering the wicket was not an option as soccer required a smooth surface for the ball to travel on.

The soccer season began last week with the first state league game on April 12.