College – Issue 41

NEWS & EVENTS Sporting all-rounder bats for fresh fields

The professional turf manager/ groundsman pulled up stumps at the end of Term 1, 2021. An avid sportsman, the Southlander grew up playing cricket and rugby to representative level, “and managed to get down to a single- figure handicap in golf for a while”. He joined College in September 2014 after 15 years as turf manager/groundsman at Molyneux Park in Alexandra, and 10 years at the Queenstown Events Centre. “My first year at College was extremely busy, with hosting our annual Quadrangular Tournament, and for the fact that we were next to Hagley Oval where the Cricket World Cup was being hosted,” he says. “We were also involved a few years later hosting some games on our ground for the U19 Cricket World Cup.

“I remember I hit the ground running, with very little time to get my head around things.” His College highlights include extending the limited irrigation system on the College ground, under tight budget constraints. “It was quite a task but we managed to install about 35 new sprinkler heads, pipe and wiring. It resulted in a much better pitch and ground.” Although time was always a challenge, Peter has enjoyed working at Christ’s College, having met some very nice people – both staff and students. “I believe I made some good progress. I was lucky enough in life to find a job that was a passion, and this made the work a lot more enjoyable.”

After nearly seven years overseeing the College cricket, rugby and football grounds at Hagley Park, Peter Domigan has retired.

New groundsman pitch perfect for the role

Cricket brought Englishman David Miles to New Zealand in 2008, playing and coaching at Old Boys’ Collegians. Thirteen years later, he is a New Zealand citizen and the full-time groundsman for College’s cricket fields and winter sports pitches. It’s his responsibility to ensure the four-and-a-half hectares of College sportsgrounds in South Hagley Park are in good shape. Whether it’s time for a little renovation, or seeding and fertilising, watering, mowing and marking, the job is his – and he loves it. A keen cricket and football fan, David started the role in mid-June after more than three years as one of the ground staff at Hagley Oval, and, prior to that, four years at Mainpower Oval in Rangiora. He enjoys being outside and autonomous while working around the weather. Spare time is spent with his young family and coaching football at Parklands.

Christ’s College Canterbury


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