Author: matt.roche

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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GRC turf material takes another step forward

Six weeks after collecting individual plugs and/or stolons from the former Redlands DPI turf collection, some 200 different turf varieties have been removed from Redlands and are being held for planting in new 40 litre tubs (from the pictured 100 mm pots) and relocation to Australia's Warm-Season Turf Genetic Resource Centre (GRC) operated by Australian Sports Turf Consultants, in the coming weeks...
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Monster Jam

Australian Sports Turf Consultants (ASTC) was engaged by the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre (QSAC) to conduct an independent agronomic sports field assessment of the natural turf playing surface pre- and post- the 2015 Monster Jam World Tour held in Brisbane on 3 October 2015. The purpose of the visits was to independently assess surface hardness, compaction, soil moisture and hydraulic...
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