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Renovations lay the ground for football win

Jul 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

FANCY FOOTWORK: Centre forward Dom Rowe beats a Dunedin Technical defender to score for Miramar

MIRAMAR Rangers manager, Ryan Holland says the return to the team’s home ground spurred on their emphatic 5-1 victory over Dunedin Technical last weekend.

The playoff was the first game at David Farrington Park since drainage renovations began in early January and advanced the football team to the semi-finals of the national knockout competition.

Mr Holland says that knowing the game was to be played at home made the off-field preparation easier.

“The players were motivated to perform well as this was the first time we had been on the field since the renovation work had been completed.”

“So the incentive was there to provide a performance that was worthy of being back on the surface to repay all those that had been involved in the renovation process.”

The game attracted a crowd of around 500 spectators, and with three goals in rapid succession in the final 15 minutes, Mr Holland believes the work paid off.

“In big matches, like Chatham Cup quarter-finals and semi-finals, playing at home is a huge advantage both physically and psychologically,” says Mr Holland (right).

The park was out of action for the best part of seven months meaning a loss in home ground spirit as well as a decrease in revenue for the club.

However, Miramar saw the potential advantages of the renovations, and worked with Wellington City Council to ensure the drainage improvements went ahead.

Mr Holland says the project involved drainage construction and relaying a sand carpet on the field which saw 110mm taken from its surface.

“We now have an amazing surface which will allow for the continuation of national league football to be played at the ground,” says Mr Holland.

The ground was renamed David Farrington Park in 2009 in honour of the late David Farrington, long-time coach and administrator who led Miramar to Chatham Cup triumph in 2004.

His son, Jamie Farrington, now Miramar’s captain, says the ground is a special place and the renovations were a hugely positive step.

“The restoration of the ground, and the ability to play the quarter-final there, meant a return to familiarity and gave the team a great platform to perform at their peak,” he says.

“Previously, we had lost twice in quarter-finals to Dunedin down there, and we found playing away tough. This time the roles were reversed and we had knowledge of the ground as well as home support.”

“Playing at home your preparation isn’t affected. You turn up to the ground, you know what changing room you are in, where you will warm up, and what condition the pitch will be in, which makes a big difference,” says Mr Farrington.

Miramar Rangers will play fellow four-time winners Central United in a semi-final at David Farrington Park on 5 August at 2pm.

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