Finals Fever sweeps through our town
Posted on 27 Aug, 2021
When our local footballers take to the field for the Central Australian Football League finals in September, they’ll be running onto one of the country’s premier ovals.
TIO Traeger Park is in tip-top shape for the upcoming finals series with Council Officers hard at work to ensure our sporting crown jewel is ready to go.
Athol Mitchell is the wicket curator at TIO Traeger Park and has been looking after the facility for 35 years.
The centre wicket is his daily office and it’s his hard work, along with a team of dedicated employees that see our facilities ready for the Red Centre’s top sports men and women each weekend.
The man himself said TIO Traeger Park is ready for a heavy workload in September, where some local athletes will realise their premiership dreams.
“People that come into town and pull up into town, they can’t believe (the oval) has green grass,” Mitchell laughs.
“It’s looking good, it helps that we’ve had a warm winter.
“That means you don’t get the frost. Most of this grass goes dormant during the winter so we compensate that with some rye grass which is a winter grass. That means it just doesn’t get knocked around as much.”
The warm weather may help but it’s Mitchell’s watchful eye and expertise, along with support from his Council colleagues, that see our facilities across town prosper.
“I’ve been doing this since day one. We’ve had the West Indies play here, England’s (test team), Sheffield Shield finals. We’ve had the NAB Cup, AFL our local sport,” he said.
“Through the Council, I’ve done an apprenticeship, a Trade Certificate, I’ve gone to Adelaide Oval and done a Turf Management Course and a bunch of other courses too. I’m not an office person, I don’t like that. I love being here in the open. We have major events here and I love that.
“It’s really a lot of work but it gives you really good job satisfaction.”
For a list of finals action this September, check out September’s edition of Council Connects.