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Yet another meeting over Dome's turf

By Roger Vaughan 20/06/2003 09:18:03 PM Comments (0)

AFL players will meet with Telstra Dome management on Monday to discuss the venue's much-maligned playing surface.

Venue management also announced a working party, which met for the first time earlier this week, to look into the issue.

More than a dozen locally-based players will go to the stadium and there will also be written submissions from their non-Victorian colleagues.

Stadium chief executive Ian Collins is chairing the working party and he might travel overseas to inspect turf systems in use at similar indoor/outdoor venues.

While management insists the surface is safe, it acknowledges the turf looks "unattractive" and players think it takes them longer to recover after playing there.

"We are not an ostrich, our heads aren't in the sand," Collins said.

"We have to make sure we don't leave any stone unturned and find out what the real issues are."

Those developments follow a fortnight of renewed controversy over the surface, with AFL football operations manager Andrew Demetriou last week blasting Brisbane's criticism of the surface.

Three days ago, Collins blamed "media hysteria" after the stadium lost its second curator in 18 months.

Ivan Thornell, who is employed by Telstra Dome's turf supplier HG Turf, had quit the day before.

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