A bob cat pulls up the turf from the Gympie Hockey Club’s old synthetic field on the weekend.
A bob cat pulls up the turf from the Gympie Hockey Club’s old synthetic field on the weekend. Craig Warhurst

'Field of dreams' one step closer

GYMPIE Hockey’s new “field of dreams” is one step closer to fruition after a massive working bee on Saturday.

A job that was supposed to take three days, only took one because of the back-breaking work and wonderful support from the hockey community.

Gympie Hockey Association spokesperson Chris Mount said things had gone a lot better than expected, pulling up the 25-year-old surface.

He said a representative from STI, the company installing the new $300,000 surface, said he had never seen so many volunteers turn up for a working bee.

He also commented on the condition of the synthetic field’s base, saying it was one of the best prepared field bases he had seen.

The Gympie Hockey club has been working tirelessly over the past five years to raise enough money for the field.

The club has saved more than $120,000 and received a $275,000 grant from the Queensland Government.

In total, the project will cost the club more than $400,000 and give the Gympie region a new state-of-the-art hybrid hockey field.

Mount thanked everyone for their input on Saturday, on behalf of Gympie Hockey President Ian Wenzel who is in Tasmania watching son Drew play for Queensland.

“On behalf of Ian, I would like to thank everyone that helped remove the old field, particularly Scott Mackay and Tony Wildman for the supply of machinery,” Mount said.

But he said there was still a lot of work ahead of the club to get the project finished on budget and in time for next season.

“Since everybody got last Sunday off, there will be another working bee this Saturday,” Mount said.

“It shouldn’t be as intense as the last one and if we can get lots of help shouldn’t take too long.

“We will kick off around 7-30-8am, if we can get as many helpers along as possible so us older buggers don’t burn out before the job is finished,” he laughed.

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