Author: matt.roche

National Sports Convention – Why new sports turf varieties

Why new sports turf varieties? Following attendance and presenting at the recent National Sports Convention, the answer was clear: SYNTHETICS Australian Sports Turf Consultants (ASTC) Director Matt Roche often gets asked by members of the turf industry, why do we need new sports turf varieties and what is wrong with what we have? This is a fair question particularly if you are a turf producer. St...
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ASTC becomes a GCSAQ Supporter

Australian Sports Turf Consultants (ASTC) has become a Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSAQ) Supporter for their 2016-2017 year. The GCSAQ is an association for Queensland golf course sperintendents to meet, discuss and enhance their greenkeeping skills and to foster the professionalism of turf management while continuing to provide great golf courses across QLD. ASTC Director Matt Ro...
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East Brisbane FC

Australian Sports Turf Consultants was called upon to undertake an independent assessment of the playing field surface, including turf quality and soil nutritional status, of East Brisbane Football Club's number 2 field. The assessment was requested to determine suitable sports turf varieties that would meet site conditions, the clubs available resources and expected usage before redevelopment wor...
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National Sports Convention

ASTC Director Matt Roche is to present at the National Sports Convention to be held on the 23 and 24 June 2016 at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney, Australia. The two day convention is a dedicated sport and recreation management conference and expo aimed at focusing on how to encourage more people to play, recreate and participate in sport and hat facilities, solutions and infrastructure are needed t...
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Mechanisms of Wear Tolerance

Wear damage is one of the biggest problems associated with continuous use on sports and recreational turfgrass fields. Wear tolerance of 8 bermudagrass (Cynodon spp.) genotypes including 6 ecotypes collected from regional Australia and two commercial cultivars were evaluated in the field. Green cover after wear treatment of ecotypes 394 and MED3 was over 50% higher than the lowest genotypes. The w...
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Sports Turf Association QLD

Australian Sports Turf Consultants has once again committed to support the Queensland chapter of the Sports Turf Association in 2016-2017. STA QLD is an association created to provide a network of turf grounds managers who are involved in managing sports and passive turf facilities in Queensland. STA QLD is a ‘not-for-profit’ association committed to provide education, training opportunities and e...
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Shear Strength Tester

ASTC Director Matt Roche recently attended the 2016 Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) Conference which was held in San Diego, USA 19-22 Jan. A clear focus of the Conference was on player safety. Two areas in particular that were highlighted during the numerous presentations made by keynote speakers were on injury prevention and shoe-to-surface interaction of the athlete and the turfgrass. ...
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Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) Conference – USA

Australian Sports Turf Consultants Director Matt Roche has booked his flights and is registered to attend the 2016 Sports Turf Managers Conference (STMA) to be held in San Diego, California USA between 19 to 22 January 2016. Matt will be visiting and meeting with USA sports turf managers and University staff post conference. Should you be attending the conference and wish to contact Matt please em...
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Gold Coast Titans Training Facility

New Training Facility for Gold Coast Titans Australian Sports Turf Consultants (ASTC) has been contracted to provide design, specifications and consultancy services for the construction of a new full size training field for the Aquis Gold Coast Titans at Parkwood International on the Gold Coast. ASTC has been appointed by Clouston Associates with the Principal Contractor being Hutchinson Builders...
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Turfgrass Information File (TGIF)

Masters Thesis – Matt Roche Australian Sports Turf Consultants (ASTC) Director Matt Roche recently granted permission for the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) to digitize his turfgrass-related thesis. The Masters thesis, which is 119 pages, contains morphological and historical information on Australian and USA green couch (bermudagrass) varieties. The University of Queensland publication als...
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