The Serpentine Foothills Polocrosse Club and the Serpentine Horse and Pony Club have both asked the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale council to reticulate the polocrosse field.
At the November 28 council meeting Polocrosse Club president Salli Galvin and Pony Club president Ann Marie Lowry presented a deputation to council members requesting the work.
Ms Galvin said the main reason the club was successful was because it had the best polocrosse grounds in the state.
“We are fortunate to have them irrigated over the summer months so we have use of them in the March-April period,” she said.
“I would like to rebut the statement in the engineers’ report that states the polocrosse fields are not turfed, that they are weeds and some kikuyu coverage. We have seeded and fertilised these fields with kikuyu to choke out the weeds along with the shire for many years and as a result it is predominantly kikuyu coverage.”
Ms Galvin said the clubs worked closely together but it would be unrealistic to permanently share the same grounds.
“Our equine sports are quite different,” she said.
“We would damage the pony club’s dressage arenas with our high speed sport.
“If better irrigation and improvement of our grounds was done we then have potential to host the state championships and even the polocrosse national titles.
“The potential is endless.”
Shire president John Erren said $75,000 had been set aside for reticulation to be transferred to the Serpentine Jarrahdale sporting precinct reserve.
“Doing this will ensure funds are available for council to make an investment in the facility after working with the two clubs,” he said.
“It is anticipated that by working with the clubs a superior facility can be developed at a lower on-going cost to the shire.”