WASPs to leave Richardson Park for greener turf

WASPs Hockey Club will relocate to Collier Reserve in Como after increase in players training on synthetic turf, including Premier League player Steph Kershaw. Picture: David Baylis.
WASPs Hockey Club will relocate to Collier Reserve in Como after increase in players training on synthetic turf, including Premier League player Steph Kershaw. Picture: David Baylis.

ONE of the oldest sporting clubs in South Perth is gearing up to say goodbye to its home in Richardson Park, where it has been based for more than 50 years.

Wesley and South Perth Hockey Club will relocate to Collier Reserve in Como and look to build it’s own artificial turf facility after a feasibility report is finalised around June.

WASPs Hockey Club president Mark Kerrigan said the Club had more than 720 members and 43 teams, including 16 teams playing on turf instead of grass.

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“It’s critical to the survival of our club to have an artificial turf,” he said.

“It’s getting incredibly difficult to secure enough turf times to train.

“Our ideal outcome would be to stay here at Richardson Park but logistically, that’s a challenge.”

Mr Kerrigan said the club had been looking at options to create a synthetic astroturf hockey pitch after they were advised it wasn’t feasible to do so at Richardson Park.

“We’ve been doing this on the notion on securing a turf for a good part of 20 years,” he said.

“Collier Reserve has ample parking, very little use for organised sport and adjacent to Wesley College who will be future users of it.”

Bidding farewell: Hockey player Steph Kershaw and WASPs president Mark Kerrigan outside the Richardson Park clubrooms.Picture: David Baylis

Mr Kerrigan said it would be up to the City of South Perth to decide who, if anyone, would join Premier Cricket side South Perth as Richardson Park tenants after hockey relocated.

“It’s already shared with South Perth Cricket Club,” he said.

“We know there are footy clubs looking for more space.”

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