The Groundsman

July 2012

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6 INDUSTRY NEWS A new Bahia ride- on from Etesia The Irish Football Association and STRI have announced the winners of the 2012 Groundsman of the Year Awards. Mervyn Nixon of Championship One's Ballinamallard FC was crowned the overall winner with Roy Stretton of IFA premiership side, Dungannon Swifts Etesia has a new Bahia ride-on mower. The Bahia MKM is equipped with a bio-cut 85 cm cutting deck and offers a high mulching performance. It can recycle as it cuts, chopping the grass clippings into extremely fine particles before returning them to the turf to decompose naturally. It's quick, clean, environmentally- friendly and with no clippings to dispose of, mowing time is reduced. The machine is described as a pocket-size ride-on, at just 0.90 m wide and 1.73 m long, and features a tight turning circle. The automatic gearbox allows users to go forward, stop, reverse, accelerate and brake instantaneously. It has hydrostatic drive transmission with the engine power coming from a Kawasaki FS 481 16 HP. A snow blade is an optional extra. MBE for Peter Dury IOG Life Member Peter Dury was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to groundsmanship. Peter - the man behind the IOG's renowned Performance Quality Standards and recipient of a National Turfgrass Council Award – has over 50 years' experience in the provision, management and maintenance of sports and landscape facilities, and he is a past president of the Association of Landscape Management and a former chairman of the IOG's Education Committee. He also holds the IOG's National Diploma in Turfculture and Sports Ground Management. Peter, aged 76, has been a member of many Sports Council and British Standards Institute committees, panels and working parties, and has made a major contribution to the development of European standards for sports facilities. His expertise embraces research projects for the Sports Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and consultancies for a wide range of public and private organisations, including the National Playing Fields Association, as well as working closely with STRI. His expertise in both natural and artificial surfaces includes drainage and base formation, and he invented seven sports facility systems including the original Nottinghamshire Cricket Pitch. He has also been Pitches Consultant to the Irish Cricket Union and to the Nottinghamshire Playing Fields Association. He was a Non-Turf Cricket Pitch consultant to the ECB. He took early retirement from Nottinghamshire County Council in 1996 after 28 year's service (he started his working career as a trainee groundsman at Markeaton Park; and became a professional groundsman at Southport and Birkdale Cricket Club) then spent some time as part-time technical consultant to Hewitt Sportsturf, as consultant to Sport England (grounds at National Centres) and adviser to ECB (non-turf pitches). He was awarded a Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Essex in 2002. the Groundsman July 2012 IFA Groundsmen of the Year FC, and Keith Berry from PSNI FC in Championship Two, highly commended. The awards were sponsored by Clive Richardson Ltd and Everris, in association with John Lindsay Professional Sports Turf.

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