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Tough task to maintain Tobago's Recreation Grounds
« on: February 11, 2015, 12:26:24 PM »
Tough task to maintain Tobago's Recreation Grounds
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According to information broadcasted on a local media, Calder Hall residents bonded together to cut their ground, recently. Because of this information, Tobago News  visited two of the grounds on the island at Mt. Grace and Montgomery, recently to observe the condition of both grounds. The grass at both grounds were very high indicating a lack of maintenance.

However, the recent unseasonal rains and  insufficient man power have been cited as some of the reasons for the grass on some of the fields being slightly overgrown.

At the Montgomery ground where one school held its sports meeting on Jan 16, the Tobago News reporter saw one official of the Bethel United football team with his personal brushcutter busily cutting the high grass in front of one of the goal post. The team had a National Super League game the following day and if the ground was not playable, they would have lost the game by default to the team which had travelled from Trinidad.

The Shaw Park Recreational Ground where two games in the Nagicor Super 50 Tournament  featuring Trinidad and Tobago against the West Indies Under 19 team and Windward  Islands versus Barbados were staged recently came in for some heavy criticism because of the last minute work that was being hurriedly done on the ground before the first game on January 16. Workmen were seen cutting the grass on the morning of the game and there was a pool of water on part of the field because of the incessant rains which fell some days before the game, indicating an inadequate drainage system.

An official with the Division of Sport told the Tobago News that the situation at Calder Hall is not what was reported. He said that a team of persons has the responsibility of maintaining that ground and that the team was in fact the one which cut the ground.

At Mt. Grace, the responsibility fell to the same team in collaboration with a CEPEP team. What went wrong was a mix-up as the CEPEP crew pulled out and the necessary information was not passed to the team. It means therefore that the team will now be responsible for those two grounds in addition to the Idlewild ground.

The Division he said is a little overwhelmed in its capacity to maintain some of the 20 odd grounds with the depleted resources at its disposal.

At times it has had to exercise priority in its operation as it sought to deal with the maintenance of the grounds. The Division is now looking at outsourcing the work in order to ensure the fields are properly maintained.

The official also noted that the Montgomery field has been regularly cut whenever the request came to the Division. He said the  unseasonal rainfall which we  recently experienced contributed to the problem as grass grew everywhere.

The equipment could not have been used on the fields due to the soggy conditions and then they were called to prepare Shaw Park for cricket in the midst of all else. With sufficient notice and information from the teams to the Division of Sport, the official said that would help the Division plan well and eliminate this problem.
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Re: Tough task to maintain Tobago's Recreation Grounds
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2015, 09:30:11 PM »
Why won't they ship all the goats who have been sacked over the past 4 years by the PP government for corruption so they can feed on and so help manage the height of the grass?
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Re: Tough task to maintain Tobago's Recreation Grounds
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2015, 07:07:19 AM »
Well it is nice to know that they are overwhelmed. Meaning people playing sports. That is good. But seeing that football is played in "cricket season" and cricket is played in "football season", there's  need to have separate grounds. One for football and one for cricket. And some of the football grounds MUST be turf field.

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Re: Tough task to maintain Tobago's Recreation Grounds
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2015, 04:57:02 PM »
most times grass does cannot cut when rain fall for fear of tractor causing damage to the field so maybe they have an excuse.

but as this is trinidad and tobago maybe not.

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Re: Tough task to maintain Tobago's Recreation Grounds
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2015, 12:24:59 AM »
YUh invest in 2 of these and a 4 man crew. Them fields eh no problem to maintain.


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Re: Tough task to maintain Tobago's Recreation Grounds
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2015, 06:36:27 AM »
the upkeep of Aranguez Savannah for the past couple of years have been deplorable.
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Re: Tough task to maintain Tobago's Recreation Grounds
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2015, 06:44:43 AM »
YUh invest in 2 of these and a 4 man crew. Them fields eh no problem to maintain.




that would nice. But ...........................

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Re: Tough task to maintain Tobago's Recreation Grounds
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2015, 12:21:13 PM »
YUh invest in 2 of these and a 4 man crew. Them fields eh no problem to maintain.



You make it sound so simple, if only......................

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Re: Tough task to maintain Tobago's Recreation Grounds
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2015, 01:46:44 PM »
There are so many problems in Tobago..... I use the Idle Wild Field almost all year and they do a relatively good job but the main problem is that the staff they employ do little else but cut the field. No field marking no maintenance or repairs to goal posts, no nets...... nothing.
And that field..... like all the rest need to be resurfaced. Apart from the sink on one half of the field, when it id dry season you playing on stone and when it is rainy reason you playing in mud because there is no proper drainage. Right now the school fields are in a mess as well. It is so hard to develop proper players under these conditions yet still you have players like Rundell Winchester and at least 5 others moving out of Tobago to the Pro League and even the National Team in recent Years. Not to mention the what...4 Super League Teams.

All this on substandard fields..................

Oh and that pic shows lovely field cutting equipment but.... it is impossible to source parts when they go bad, hence all the equipment that there is in Tobago is not working. Cutters and tractors.

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Re: Tough task to maintain Tobago's Recreation Grounds
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2015, 03:46:21 PM »
Maybe the minister could lend ah hand in these matters...