News

Car rips up fields, set alight

Paul Albertini president of the Lismore Thistles Soccer Club pictured on one of the playing fields and the burnt out car.
Paul Albertini president of the Lismore Thistles Soccer Club pictured on one of the playing fields and the burnt out car. Jacklyn Wagner

A CAR was set alight after being used to tear up two soccer fields in East Lismore in the early hours of yesterday.

Unidentified individuals cut the chains to gain access to the fields at the Lismore Thistles Soccer Club in Military Rd.

They then drove the car onto the field and did burn-outs across both soccer fields.

The car was then set on fire in a corner of the secondary soccer field.

It is the third time in the past two years vandals have damaged the club's fields with vehicles.

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club president Paul Albertini was furious that the fields were damaged again after they spent $1500 last November trying to secure the site.

"Why would they want to do it? What enjoyment could they possibly get from doing this? They have to be pretty sick and low," he said.

The club invested last year in security cameras, which were installed recently, so the club will be able to offer police footage from last night, including infrared images of the gates area.

"In October we had someone drive into the field. That is why we put all these rocks around it.

"We believed that would fix it up, but when you are keen you are keen," Mr Albertini said.

He explained that people driving and doing burn-outs in the field "dig up the grass, and if they sit in one spot they dig a trench."

"It can be difficult to fix. If the grounds are wet it does more damage than when it is dry and hard," he said.

After the burnt car is removed from the field, the club will have to fix the ruined soccer field before the first week of March, when their pre-season games are set to start.

"We'll have to get someone to dig it up and re-turf it, and get it ready because this secondary field is where we want to play the pre-season," Mr Albertini said.

The Lismore Thistles Soccer Club is the biggest club in Lismore, with 38 teams and more than 360 members.

Topics:  lismore thistles soccer club


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Take your tastebuds on a gourmet tour of Northern Rivers

Rebecca Zentveld, (right) from Zentveld’s Coffee, with (from left) Rebekka Battista from Our House, and Ballina-on-Richmond Rotarians Wendy Marsh and Col Lee, promoting the gourmet tour which is part of this year’s Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival.

Flavours of the Northern Rivers Gourmet Tour in July.

Dig deep for cash to keep the music alive in Ballina

Summerland Credit Union Ballina branch manager Amanda Petersen with the cash prize in the Ballina Coastal Country Music fundraising raffle, with (back, left) raffle co-ordinator Carmel Hayman from the Rotary Club of Ballina and Belinda Cordery from Summerland Credit Union.

Tickets for Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival.

Latest deals and offers

Hurry! Reserved seating selling fast for Pro Bull Riding

A FEW numbered seats are still available for the Rural Weekly PBR Live Series Championship decider at Grafton Showground this Saturday night.

Take your tastebuds on a gourmet tour of Northern Rivers

Rebecca Zentveld, (right) from Zentveld’s Coffee, with (from left) Rebekka Battista from Our House, and Ballina-on-Richmond Rotarians Wendy Marsh and Col Lee, promoting the gourmet tour which is part of this year’s Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival.

Flavours of the Northern Rivers Gourmet Tour in July.

Dig deep for cash to keep the music alive in Ballina

Summerland Credit Union Ballina branch manager Amanda Petersen with the cash prize in the Ballina Coastal Country Music fundraising raffle, with (back, left) raffle co-ordinator Carmel Hayman from the Rotary Club of Ballina and Belinda Cordery from Summerland Credit Union.

Tickets for Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival.

Good Guys labels Ballina boy Braydan a Super Kid

National Super Kid finalist Braydan Webb with Good Guys Ballina store manager Dax Cowan.

Braydan Webb a national finalist in the inaugural Super Kid Awards.

WATCH: Bong throwing at Nimbin MardiGrass

GO LARGE: Mark visiting from Brisbane scored a huge 30-plus metre throw at the MardiGrass bong throwing competition.

No shortage of brave (or foolish) competitors in the "Hemp Olympix".

Calling all musos for NCEIA Dolphin awards

ON STAGE: Electronic duo Nocturnal Tapes, Lachie Mulligan on electronics and Harry Suttor on guitar and vocals, at the 2015 Dolphin Awards ceremony.

Entries are open to independent musicians to audition

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances