Bradbury Bears main field out of action for two seasons

Out of action: Bradbury Bears members Evette Monslave, Jorge Monslave, Lucas Monslave, Jason West, and Chris Webb on the main field. Picture: Simon Bennett
Out of action: Bradbury Bears members Evette Monslave, Jorge Monslave, Lucas Monslave, Jason West, and Chris Webb on the main field. Picture: Simon Bennett

Campbelltown Council has refused to say why a field in Ambarvale that has been out of action for two years, has yet to be fixed.

The Bradbury Bears, which are based out of Ambarvale Sports Complex, said the club decided to cease games on the main field due to player welfare concerns two seasons ago.

Vice president and life member Jason West said the ground had been “ravished” by disease which had resulted in large patches of dirt, and the uneven surface was a “hazard” that no player should have to contend with.

“The problem with the field is the condition of the surface,”  he said.

“If you attempted to play a game, someone would break their leg.”

The ground is co-owned by Campbelltown Council and the Department of Education – though council is responsible for maintenance of the grounds.

Mr West said the club and council had several meetings over the past couple of years however, nothing major had prevailed.

The council did contribute $5000 towards a new fence around the main field to prevent trail bike riders from further damaging the surface.

However Mr West said it was “disappointing” that the playing surface issue hadn’t been resolved.

Campbelltown Council director of city lifestyles Lisa Miscamble said short-term repairs would allow for modified and mini games to played on the field this season.

Though normal games could not resume until work to rebuild the surface had been carried out post-season.

The Advertiser asked the council whether the Bears had received a discount on ground hire fees in the last couple of seasons while the main field had been out of action, or if the fee had covered the entire complex.

That question was not answered.

Mr West said canteen sales which contributed to the club’s bottom dollar, had also suffered as many spectators chose not to walk from the other fields to the canteen which was located near the main field.

While unhappy about the playing surface, Mr West said the club were grateful for council funding to upgrade the club house and amenities building.