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Brookie first top flight rugby league ground in the world with synthetic turf

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    IF it's good enough for the NFL arena, it's good enough the NRL.

    In a revolutionary move, Brookvale Oval could become the first top flight rugby league ground in the world to be laid with synthetic turf.

    Read the full article
  2. SwornEagle

    SwornEagle Well-Known Member

    +200 /3
    RE: Brookvale Oval could become first top flight rugby league ground in the world

    A great idea, Brookvale has been a heavy track for years and this would allow more junior league to be played at the ground.

    I wonder if there are statistics on leg injuries at all NRL venues?
  3. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,019 /174
    RE: Brookvale Oval light with synthetic turf

    Why not. The new artificial grass is a lot better then the stuff in days gone by. The old stuff used to cause skin problem in some ppl.
  4. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

    +5,613 /203
    Brookvale Oval could become first league ground in the world with synthetic turf

    interesting idea - would give us another type of home ground advantage as we would be most experienced with playing on synthetic turf.

    As stated the NFL have put the money into the technology so its a mature enough product.
  5. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    As per usual Matt johns on triple m poo poo's the idea
  6. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

    +7,201 /105
    RE: Brookvale Oval could become first league ground in the world with synthetic turf

    Well, they wear full body covering clothes but what the hey. Actually, does the lingerie league play on synthetic too? If so I call for a survey of those athletes to see if their skin is ok.
  7. Eagles2nv

    Eagles2nv Sea you in the finals 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,102 /49
    I like it. It has come leaps and bounds since it was first introduced.

    It would hopefully reduce a number of injuries caused by rough surfaces.

    I wonder if the grass burn injuries would increase?
  8. lismore_fan

    lismore_fan Well-Known Member

    +223 /2
    Carpet burns on the knees?
  9. Sheikheagle

    Sheikheagle Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,458 /64
    RE: Brookvale Oval could become first league ground in the world with synthetic turf

    I volunteer to do the survey and I will pay my own airfare.
  10. captainskin

    captainskin Active Member

    +80 /0
    THe only thing that would change would be Brett Stewart not doing his belly flop dive after he plants the ball - I think that would surely hurt.
  11. bennyeagle

    bennyeagle Well-Known Member

    +267 /8
    Stupid idea, as a greenkeeper I know the benefits of good turf, Brookvales turf is woeful, the soils used are sand and are meant to be well draining but it doesn't happen, if the council say they pay 150,000 a year for turf and maintenance give me 50,000 to do it and I'll maintain it, fertilisation, drainage and irrigation with some new turf the place will look awesome ! Realistically if they're paying 150,000 a year on the ground then it shouldn't be as bad as it is!
  12. cava2323

    cava2323 Active Member

    +190 /7
    Widnes have one, article is incorrect. We play on them in Norway too. Not too bad if you wear "skins" stops the carpet burns. Might not be practical in warmer weather..

    Daley as usual has nfi
  13. NFN2IT

    NFN2IT Active Member

    +80 /3
    Im not so sure about this one.

    I know the NFL use sythetic grass but IMO the types of play and tackling done in NFL is fairly different compared to an NRL game in terms of how players are tackled or tackling and diving on the grass etc

    I wonder how soft it would be to land on if for example your running up field full sprint and someone were to tackle you from behind or something like that, I cant imagine it being a soft landing or would it ?
  14. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    Send Council a email with that proposal
    You never know they may respond
  15. Haz88

    Haz88 Active Member

    +86 /0
    There is a new syntehtic soccer ground at Blacktown that my mate has played premier league on and it is suprisingly soft and very life like for what it is.. that is for soccer though wether it would work for NRL and blokes getting dragged across the surface etc i dont know.
  16. Masked Eagle

    Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

    +976 /0
    What about the effects it could have on the kicking games? I'm guessing it will be a lot harder to stop a ball from rolling on synthetic turf and the consistent bounce might mean it would just keep going. 40/20s might be a lot easier. My major concern though is how different it would be from other grounds, I'd be worried it would mean changing our style too much and becoming accustomed to those conditions. Whilst it might make us even tougher to beat at Brookie, does it mean its more difficult for us to win away? Just hypothesizing.
  17. Phantar

    Phantar Well-Known Member

    +273 /0
    Whilst I’m all for a better playing surface, which should have happened long before now, it’s interesting that Council apparently has a lazy $1 mil laying around to install a synthetic surface. There are other parts of Brookvale Oval that could benefit from that sort of investment. I’m sure a concrete pathway between the back of the scoreboard end and the dunnies in the N-E corner could come in at around $25-30 thousand, if that. That’s a major improvement (by Brooky standards) right there!
  18. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

    +1,401 /56
    If it doesn't change the way the game is played then i'm all for it.

    I wonder how sliding in for tries would go in the wet? Would the slide try be a thing of the past?
  19. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

    +494 /0
    Actually we'd be 2nd in league to have it.
    Widnes already has it in the ESL.
    Wish Ritchie would research his stuff before submitting it.
  20. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +5,784 /186
    Didn't the council go for the cheaper option when they recently improved the ground surface?

    They should have spent a bit more and put in place excellent drainage and soil and with better turf i don't see an issue with playing more often on the ground.

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