Anderson Park sportsgrounds, Cromwell. Photo by Lynda van
The electronic scoreboard at Anderson Park in Cromwell -
a $25,000 centennial project funded by the Cromwell Rugby Club
- has been damaged beyond repair.
Vandals recently broke all the electronic panels in the
scoreboard, which was installed 25 years ago.
The rugby club will celebrate its 125th anniversary in April
and past president Jason Clark said he was unsure whether the
equipment was covered by insurance. If not, the club could
not afford to replace it.
''We put it up to mark our centenary and it cost $25,000 when
we installed it 25 years ago.
''Who knows how much it would cost now? It would be a major
The scoreboard was used by other sporting codes which share
the park, particularly cricketers, he said.
''We haven't been able to find out yet if it's covered by
insurance but it's certainly beyond repair as it is - 100%
damaged, every electronic part broken.''
Cromwell police head Simon Paget said the scoreboard and the
nearby Cromwell Sports Club's building were both damaged on
December 29. Many panels on the outside of the building were
damaged. Mr Clark said rugby, cricket, netball, basketball,
soccer, badminton and rowing teams were among the users.
He said exterior panels ''right around the building'' had
been damaged, along with clear-lights in the roof and
The clear-lights and guttering were recently upgraded. The
combined sports building, which he described as '' a real
community building'', was covered by insurance.
''The Lions club uses it and it's used by a heap of other
organisations as well, like the Blood Service.''
Sgt Paget said two youths had been arrested in connection
with the incidents.
A 17-year-old Gore youth appeared in the Queenstown District
Court on Monday and was remanded in custody to the
Invercargill District Court on January 11. An 18-year-old
Cromwell youth will appear in the Alexandra District Court on
January 16. Both face charges of intentional damage, burglary
and possession of equipment capable of being used to steal a
vehicle, Sgt Paget said.