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RUGBY


You go from communication and staff management to using science, maths and English - and you do it every day, without even thinking


through the interview process and was lucky enough to get the post. I have worked my way up the ranks from apprentice, groundsman, assistant groundsman, assistant head groundsman to now head groundsman, which I took over five years ago at twenty-seven years old.


What has been the highlight of your career so far?


Getting recognition and awards for the playing surface, but it is not really a motivator for me. Real highlights for me are being able to bring lads on and pass on my knowledge. Seeing the way Dan Conner and Leon Pearson have developed in the last few years is so rewarding - they are now


joint assistant head groundsman and work well as a pair.


Other real highlights would be short renovations and having to research that, as well as talking to other groundsmen in the industry, who I really respect, to engage in their opinions on whether certain things can be done. Managing to turn the pitch around in twenty-seven days after renovation for play is always a challenge. I’m also proud to be one of only six head groundsmen in the history of Leeds RLFC; it’s a unique place to be.


How has the sportsturf industry changed during your career?


Obviously, chemicals coming off the market will make us all think a bit more. Carbendazim was a big one for us and we have had to start being a lot more proactive with worm control; our training ground is right next door to a river so, as you can imagine, we struggle a lot with worms. Where we historically would have sprayed with Carbendazim, we now have to use a lot more cultural practices and a lot more brushing etc. Contact fungicides were almost used as a get out of jail card - a lot


Mowing with the Infinicut 66 PC April/May 2019





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