A TEENAGER will appear in court early next year for allegedly damaging the grounds of the Lismore Thistles Soccer Club by doing donuts in his car.
Sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, police allege the teenager drove a vehicle onto the Lismore Thistles Soccer Club grounds and did multiple donuts, churning up the turf along the way including digging up two big sections on the main ground.
Thistles president Paul Albertini said the club had just finished having the surface top-dressed with sand and getting the grounds prepared for next season.
He said the club spent $20,000 on the upgrade. More than 250 cubic metres of sand was spread across the two fields.
Lismore police Sergeant Dave Eldridge confirmed yesterday an 18-year-old Lismore man had been issued with a court attendance notice in relation to the malicious damage.
The teen is scheduled to appear in Lismore Local Court in six weeks.
Mr Albertini said yesterday a contractor was assessing the damage and calculating the cost of repairs.
He said the club hoped to have it fixed before Christmas otherwise they would be "behind the eight ball" when pre-season training started in January.