Vandals pour cooking oil on Jardine Park
JARDINE Park cricket curate Stan Alberts is furious.
Alberts and Southside United cricketers arrived at the Jardine Park field on Saturday morning to discover that cooking oil had been poured over the wicket.
"The so-and-sos weren't happy with that so they pulled the side covers off the roller and pulled out five wires,'' said Alberts, yesterday still angry and frustrated about the senseless vandalism.
After being at the ground from 5.30am to 1.30pm on Saturday, Alberts had had enough and just wanted to go home.
The 70-year-old was elated yesterday when The Morning Bulletin told him that play did go ahead and 200 runs were scored.
It was a further blow to wickets in Rockhampton with Kalka Shades also vandalised this season.
Alberts has almost had enough.
"I'm a volunteer out there, I work all week to get a playable wicket for the boys ? I said to the boys I can't do this anymore,'' Alberts said.
"Do they hate me that much they have to do that to my wicket.
"They have to grow up, get a life and instead come down and give me a hand.''
Alberts is a man passionate about his sport and will not step down easily.
"Cricket was good to me in my days and I want to give something back to them.''
Determined to let the match go ahead, Alberts moved the pitch over about one metre and mowed and rolled the ground so the teams could take the field.
Play started an hour late.
Alberts was returning to the field today to start on the repair work.