Lismore Thistles Soccer Club president Paul Albertini inspects the damage done by vandals who drove a car on to the main field after the club had just invested thousands of dollars on top-dressing.
Lismore Thistles Soccer Club president Paul Albertini inspects the damage done by vandals who drove a car on to the main field after the club had just invested thousands of dollars on top-dressing. Jay Cronan

Four-wheeled idiots

LISMORE Thistles Soccer Club president Paul Albertini is furious after vandals caused thousands of dollars in damage to their main field in Military Road, East Lismore.

The timing couldn't have been worse for the club after $20,000 in fundraising money had been spent on an upgrade.

He believes whoever is responsible drove a four-wheel-drive vehicle on to the pitch some time on Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

"It definitely couldn't have come at a worse time," Albertini said.

"They've gone on the field and done do-nut spins all over it.

"We only finished having the surface top-dressed with sand and repaired for next season on Monday afternoon.

"It's going to take a lot of time and effort to fix this."

More than 250 cubic metres of sand was spread across the two fields, with the vehicle digging up two big sections on the main ground.

"It hurts because it's a privately-owned field and we had raised all the money ourselves," Albertini said.

"We haven't had any trouble out here for about three years.

"I just want who did this caught and made to pay for the repairs.

"We don't have the cash just sitting there waiting to be spent."

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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