Carisbrook's demise was the end of an era for Otago.
Shawn McAvinue tracks down those lucky enough to secure a
memento of the stadium before it was demolished.
Balclutha Bowling Club secretary Graham Dale sits on a row
of salvaged plastic Carisbrook seats at the club. Photo by
Helena de Reus.
A couple of ''naughty boys'' punished with community service
painted the Balclutha Bowling Club sheds and toilet block
blue and gold, club secretary Graham Dale says.
But most of the wooden bench seats surrounding the two club
greens were rotting and needed plank replacements before
''The cost of the timber was getting pretty high and then we
saw the Carisbrook seats in the Otago Daily Times. We
went to get 10 each of the dark blue and yellow ones but we
had another look and decided we'd get 60.''
Three club members who were carpenters installed them around
''We bought what we could afford, the first lot cost us $1650
and the last 40 will hopefully only cost between $600 and
$700 - I haven't negotiated a price yet - I'd say all up it
would have cost us $2500.''
Of the 28 old wooden bench seats, 16 were destroyed to make
way for the new seats but 12 remained and were painted blue
and gold to match.
''The whole place is now blue and gold - it is quite
effective. There's a bit of nostalgia there now. Our club
colours are red and white but painting the sheds and benches
red and white would be too much of a clash with all this blue
and gold around the place - it would look ridiculous.''
There were 44 club members and the club could host 128
players at a tournament.
The spectators could watch the bowling action safely from the
new plastic seats, he said.
''If there's a tournament on, people can come down and
they've got a comfortable seat that makes them sit upright,
where the bench seats have no backing. If you leaned back,
you'd fall off.''