FAWKNER PARK COVERS INSTRUCTIONS
HOME SIDE’S REQUIREMENTS
Ring the Wet Weather Line to determine if covers have been laid overnight, or if covers should be laid after play on Saturday night
Responsible for removal of covers at least one hour before play on both days if required, weather permitting.
UMPIRES CONTROLLING COVERS
Umpires take control over the use of covers 60 Minutes before play is scheduled to start.
AFTER THE FIXTURED START OF PLAY
Both sides must provide labour as required and under instructions from the umpires.
HANDLING & CARE OF COVERS
The MCA has invested plenty of time and money to provide covers for Fawkner Park pitches. Careful handling and storage of covers is necessary to ensure that covers remain effective. Covers should not be dragged across bitumen paths or concrete floors, or stood on by players wearing spikes, or left unattended in such a way as they could be blown up against trees.
REPORT DAMAGED COVERS
Report any damage to covers, trolleys, missing tent pegs, mishandling by clubs etc on the umpires match report. The Fawkner Park Secretary is responsible for the maintenance of the covers.
CORRECT REMOVAL OF COVERS
Take care with removal of water. A broom or squeegee can be used to push water to ends of covers. Remove excess water to low side and off pitch square if possible. More water requires more hands = less spillage, leakage. Take Cover beyond the boundary and fold according to folding instructions. Place folded cover on the trolley available from the Covers Room next to the Southern Pavilion.
FOLDING COVERS – THE ONLY CORRECT METHOD
This is the only method to fold covers at Fawkner Park so they fit on the trolley & be moved & stored without damage.
Step 1 – Fold in half long ways.
Step 2 - Fold in half so that the two ends are together,
Step 3 – repeat this folding pattern always starting at the folded end until the cover is less than one metre in width.
Step 4 – Roll the cover tightly staring at the end with all the folds.
Fold hessians the same when dry. Wet hessian should be hung over the Cordner fence.