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Berger gutted after WWBC green damaged

Start of bowls season rescheduled following vandalism incident

Wee Waa Bowling Club greenkeeper Steve Berger at the club last week.

The Wee Waa Bowling Club’s 2018 season was scheduled to begin this Saturday, ahead of a highly-anticipated year in both local and representative competitions.

However, that had to be put on hold for about a month following a recent act of vandalism.

Just before midnight on Saturday, January 27, what appeared to be two young males both equipped with hoverboards entered the Wee Waa Bowling Club.

The pair spent about an hour on the premises where they did considerable damage to the club’s main green.

Greenkeeper Steve Berger arrived at the club hours later on that Saturday morning, where he planned to cut and spray the green.

He said that he was “gutted” when he arrived, and that the act of vandalism on the green was very disappointing.

“A lot of work goes in, we did a very major renovation on it [during the off season],” Berger said.

“I was devastated when I came to work on Saturday morning.

“I was gutted.

“I’m like every other greenkeeper, I take pride in my work.”

“A lot of work goes into getting it right, so when you have something like that happen it’s not nice.

“I’ve been here a long time, and it’s the worst I’ve seen.

“It hasn’t happened a lot, we’ve had a little bit occasionally here and there, but nothing to the state it was this time.”

Berger said that the green had to be level for matches to be played on it.

The damage included corrugations all over the green, a green that looked “brilliant, absolutely beautiful” the day before the incident.