Vandalism has Grants Braes Football Club members seeing red.
Cars were driven on the club's Ocean Grove ground on Saturday
night, damaging the pitch.
''It's gut-wrenching ... It looks like two cars have been
doing donuts on the field,'' Grants Braes committee member
Carolyn Wilson said yesterday.
''We've had damage here before, but this is the worst in the
13 years I've been involved with the club.''
The Grants Braes club fields five senior football teams and
has 240 junior members.
''The vandals don't think about how this affects people. We
had to contact all the coaches to tell them not to train on
the grounds this week,'' Ms Wilson said.
''We also lose revenue if there are no home games. We lose
all the money from our barbecues and our bar takings. It's
hard enough to get money as it is.''
The torn-up field also upset the club's junior members.
''It makes me angry that someone would do this to us,'' Dylan
Dunedin City Council contractors mitigated the damage by
compacting sand on the damaged areas.
Ms Wilson said the council had been great.
''They spent two days fixing it up for us. Hopefully, it will
now be right for the weekend.''
DCC parks manager Lisa Wheeler said yesterday it was not an
''This sort of thing happens when a big rain comes. We've
also had damage done in the last week on the Oval and at
Mosgiel Memorial Park,'' she said.
''It's just straight-out vandalism and it is very
disappointing. Fortunately, the damage at Ocean Grove was
pretty superficial, but it's still time-consuming.
''The end of the park [where] they got in is the emergency
access, which had a chain and a padlock across it. We'll look
at putting a gate in there now.''
Anyone who witnessed a vehicle on parks or fields was asked
to contact the police, Ms Wheeler said.
''We have had successful prosecutions in the past. The best
thing people can do is make a note of the number plate and
then contact the police as soon as possible.''