NRL Playing on 100% Couch Grass in Sydney in July

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Central Coast Stadium Maintenance

On Saturday the 1st of July, the picturesque venue of Central Coast Stadium played host to a round 17 top of the table clash between two of the NRL competition heavyweights, the Sydney Roosters and last year’s premiers the Cronulla Sharks. This game alone featured 9 players from both State of Origin teams that played at ANZ stadium on the 21st of June.

A beautiful crystal-clear winter’s day set the scene for what turned out to be a cracking game of football in front of a sell-out crowd of 20,060 which was won in an emphatic matter by the Sharks 44-12 who are looking ever more like the first team to win back to back premierships since the Brisbane Broncos in 1992-93.

Central Coast Stadium Sports Maintenance
Central Coast Stadium Sports Maintenance

There were continuous glowing comments of the surface that was presented for the game with fox sports commentator Jimmy Smith saying live on fox sports league “The surface here at Central Coast Stadium presented by Green Options is immaculate”.

Other comments from fellow Fox Sports commentator Michael Ennis after a runaway rooster try saying “the fast surface here at Central Coast stadium allows for super plays like that”

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The reason it was such a fast surface at Central Coast Stadium is that it is still 100% couch grass and hasn’t been over sowed with any rye grass like all other Stadiums in the Sydney metropolitan area have been. The only other Stadiums still like this are 1300 Smiles Stadium in Townsville and CBUS Super Stadium on the Gold Coast which find it easier to keep from over sowing with rye grass due to the warmer winter climates they find themselves in.

There was a lot of hard work and extra time put into the surface by the Green Options staff to keep the couch grass out of winter dormancy and looking the way it did on Saturday and by doing so should really set us up for a strong A-League season ahead.

Hopefully the high praise we received for the quality of the playing surface and the sell-out crowd opens the door for other clubs wanting to take more games to the Central Coast or even one day the NRL putting a local team on the coast.