Footy club vows to track down vandals

Rodney Bracewell is frustrated with ongoing acts of vandalism. Photo: Megan Dunn.
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A local community football club says a string of vandalism events are a kick in the guts, given the challenges this year has thrown at them.

The St Marys Band Club Rangers Football Club have suffered many blows over the course of 2020.

Their home ground at Kevin Dwyer Park on Roper Road, Colyton, is currently undergoing a facility upgrade, however earlier this year their temporary storage container was broken into multiple times.

Their temporary toilet blocks were also broken into and smashed up twice, causing broken pipes to flood the field.

Just recently, their new amenities building has been splashed with buckets of red and white paint and their fields torn up by motorbikes.

Chairman Rodney Bracewell said the club has had enough and has urged the community to be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour.

“We’ve had to claim insurance for $7500 worth of stock that was stolen out of our temporary container,” he said.

Red paint has damaged the facilities.

“That’s been broken in to three or four times this year, with all sorts of things like uniforms and equipment inside.

“It’s been really bad, a nightmare really and a lot worse than other years.

“It’s a real burden, we have to go down and clean it up and cancel games because of the fields.”

The club celebrates their 60th anniversary this year, however have been thrown multiple obstacles as a result of not only the vandals but also the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Bracewell said the club will stay “Bandy strong” and that the individuals would not break them as a club.

Officers from Nepean Police Area Command are aware of the various incidents and will monitor the region.

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