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AUTUMN 2015
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NEWSLETTER - AUTUMN 2015

National Conference 2015

Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast - Friday 4 September

Our National Conference and Annual Dinner returns to Queensland this year, to the same venue as our first conference back in 2000. The Conference, AGM, Annual Dinner, Fund-raising Auction and Industry Awards presentation are to be held on Friday 4 September. Full details will be forwarded shortly. Members and guests who are interested in social golf are invited to participate in our Ambrose-rules tournament the preceding afternoon. Awards categories are being streamlined this year to encourage greater participation, so make sure you remember to snap photos of any work you would like to submit - the judges look favourably on before, during and after shots. As you can see from the photo below, the Royal Pines is a stone's throw from the beaches and shopping centres of the Gold Coast, so why not reward yourself with a few days to explore the area?

Welcome to New Members

Association Membership Hits the 50 Mark!

Since our last newsletter in Spring 2014, we have welcomed nine new members, seven from Queensland and two from New South Wales: Courtpave Coatings, Playhard Sports Equipment, Sportspro Surfaces, Grand Slam Sports Equipment, HiTech Sports, Ausfence Group, Ross Earthmoving, Urban Turf Solutions and Sports Construction Group. We look forward to catching up with old and new members at our September conference.
STOP PRESS: Sportzing Court Care Services has changed hands, with Mark Xavier exiting the industry to concentrate on other projects. We welcome new owners Alan and Sandie Dean.

Who's on the Board?

Board of Directors 2015

The SCA elects its Board Members at the AGM held during the annual National Conference. The Board, all of whom are volunteers, holds meetings by teleconference approximately every 6-8 weeks to discuss Association business. Please contact the Secretary if you wish to add an item to the agenda of an upcoming meeting or have an issue for which you require assistance. Current Board members are:

NSW: Mark Edmondson, All Grass Sports Surfaces
NSW: Will Mortlock, Recreational Surfacing
NSW: Neil Thomas, Champion Sports Grounds
QLD: Ross Jordin, Jordin Sports
QLD: Malcolm Parkes, Dynamic Sports Facilities
VIC: Tim Loder, Oxley Nets
VIC: Kevin McNamara, Kevin McNamara & Son
SA: Vacant
TAS: Vacant
WA: Vacant

Installing the correct fencing?

Court blows away in Victoria

SCA President Mark Edmondson and Secretary Robyn Wilcox met with the Australian Wire Industry Association's Secretary, Brian Mullarvey, in March. The AWIA is being increasingly asked to assist where fencing has failed or become dangerous in windy conditions, only to find that the fencing has not been compliant with the Australian Standard, or in some cases the Standard for domestic court fencing has been used in place of the one for commercial fencing. Whose responsibility is it to know the parts of the Standard - the architect, the council, the club or the home owner? According to AWIA, not every fencing supplier or contractor is aware that the Australian Standard for Chain-Link Fencing is divided into multiple parts. As the peak national industry body for tennis court and sports field construction, our members should be familiar with all parts of the Standard and be quoting accordingly. What do you quote when the tender has not specified compliance with the AS, or as often happens, specifies compliance but makes no mention of which particular part, or even specifies the wrong part? If you find this is the case, we recommend you quote two prices: a price for fencing matching the AS, and a price as specified, but include a statement that the fencing that has been specified by the tenderer is not to AS 1725-2010 Part (insert correct Part #).
If you are unsure of the Standard, SCA Member Ray Otter of Otter Fencing wrote an excellent summary of Parts 2 and 3 of AS1725-2010 for the SCA's Guide Specifications for Tennis Court Construction, available as a PDF document at the bottom of the Technical Specs page of the SCA's website. We are also adding a 'view only' copy of the Standard Parts 2, 3, 4 and 5 to the "Members" section of our website. However, if you wish to purchase your own copy of Parts 2-5 of AS1725-2010, these are available from the SCA Secretary for the SAI royalty cost of $75 each Part. In the meantime, AWIA is working on an education program for councils and regulatory bodies so that the costly rectification and mediation required in the event of sub-Standard fencing may be avoided.

Member Profile

Mark Edmondson (President)

Current Association President, Mark Edmondson (Edo) is still famously the last Australian male to win the Australian Open. See the article published by The Age newspaper 30 years after the event here
In addition, Mark was Australian Open doubles champion in 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984, and the 1985 French Open doubles champion. He won 6 ATP Tour singles titles, reached the semi-finals in the singles at Wimbledon in 1982, was runner up in the doubles at the French Open in 1983, runner up again in the Oz Open doubles in 1985. He represented Australia in the Davis Cup for nine years from 1976-1985, being on the winning teams of 1977 and 1983. Later he was a runner up in the US Open 35’s Doubles in 1990 and 1991, then runner up at Wimbledon in the 35’s Doubles in 1992. He retired after competing at Wimbledon and the Oz Open in the over 45’s doubles. His highest rankings were in 1982, when he was ranked #15 in singles, and #3 in doubles.
Mark turned to tennis court construction in 1992, and has been a builder member of the Sports Contractors Association since 2000, and Association President since 2004. Mark’s company, All Grass Sports Surfaces, builds, surfaces and maintains synthetic grass tennis courts and sports fields, and is an installer of Rebound Ace acrylic surfaces. 70% of Mark’s work comes from re-surfacing domestic tennis courts, and his son leads a team of maintenance personnel. Mark chooses to support sub-contractor and associate members of the SCA when purchasing accessories, and encourages all members to recommend and support other members in this way where possible. Whenever he can, Mark is seen on the greens at Sydney’s Bayview Golf Club, where his handicap is 8.5.  
All Grass Sports Surfaces' synthetic surfacing of driving range at Thornleigh Golf Course, Sydney.

Member Profile

Ross Jordin (Vice-President)

Ross began his history in tennis court construction 36 years ago while working as a carpet-layer with a love of tennis and a yen to do things well, when approached by one of his suppliers to get involved in installing this funny plastic shag pile carpet that was to be laid on a tennis court. The weird thing was that when the installation was complete you were to tip 15 ton of sand on top of it before painting on the lines! Too odd for words; but why not?  Within two years he was doing nothing else but plastic grass on courts.  
Unfortunately, as is often the case with new ideas, some not so honourable people also see the opportunities, with the result that after ten years of being regularly ripped off by the builders of the day, he finally went his own way with construction. Although there had been a number of highs, he also found his fair share of lows; learning curves they’re called.  
There were only two court builders in those early days and he regularly complained that there was too much competition, but over the years of increasing development and popularity a number of people became involved. Thanks to a driving force called Kevin McNamara (around 18 years ago), Ross became part of a Queensland Association of court builders which was set up in order to attempt to upgrade the standards of what was being offered to the market.  
Ross went on to form private affiliations with two other court builders and together they formed a company called Civil & Sports Construction Pty Ltd. The directorship was to fall apart as a personal tragedy befell one of the directors and soon after the other ran away during one of those “low” learning curves, so Ross was left with three entities to manage. All entities continue to operate to this day.  
Ross and his family were to experience their own personal tragedy with the loss of their beloved wife and mother Kath one Friday the 13th in February of 2009 in a home accident. He talks of his work as being the catalyst for starting the recovery process and thanks to a lot of goodwill created with past clients and contacts, and in spite of his desire to reject it, work continued to emerge and was the means by which his business/s have returned to a healthy state. 
The years have produced many interesting projects, the proudest of which was a small school oval of around 6,000m2 with a sand and rubber in-filled 50mm pile height synthetic grass.  It included permanent markings for 14 different sports courts and fields, plus the to-scale Olympic bend of a 4 lane running track, a long jump track and pit, as well as a 100 metre straight track (see below).  Ross suggests that this full construction project used every ounce of his knowledge and experience, and in the words of St Patrick’s College at Shorncliffe some 7 years later “this is the best thing we ever did”.  Prouder yet was the fact that they apparently did not have alternate quoting, simply asking “how much will it cost?”  Unfortunately, Ross didn’t know that at the time.  
During his recovery process, and with a view to acquiring some interest in life, Ross purchased a boat. This was his first ever boat and, with the belief that the years were passing too quickly, and with no time to work upwards from a dinghy, “Ariel”, a 50 foot Bay Cruiser, was to become the new woman in his life. This has worked so well that he is now planning a two-month trip from Brisbane to the Whitsundays (two weeks travel up and two weeks back with a month to float around a tropical paradise) and, with the assistance of some very good staff and assistants, will attempt to run his business from his laptop and mobile. He promises to be back in time for the next SCA Conference in September.
The best thing they ever did - St Patrick's College Shorncliffe.

Member News

Play Hard Sports Equipment
(National Corporate Member)

We have been super busy here at Play Hard Sports Headquarters. We have recently employed a Production Manager who has many years’ experience working in England, Germany and Mexico with a strong knowledge of LEAN Manufacturing. Trevor has been hard at work and has redesigned our Hammer and Discus cages. These new cages will reduce labour time to operate, reduce maintenance costs, reduce the risk of injury and improve spectator visibility. Features incorporated in the design of Thor 9 and Thor 10 hammer plus Apollo discus cages provide a better customer experience all round. They are IAAF certified. 
We are about a week away from completing a major job for the Papua New Guinea Games. This order includes cricket side screens, AFL and accessories. The container leaves just after Easter weekend. This has been a very exciting opportunity for Play Hard Sports. If anyone would like any further information on any of our equipment, please don’t hesitate to contact our office on 07 5593 4494.
Member company Play Hard's redesigned hammer and discus cage.

Member News

Kennards Hire
(National Corporate Member)

Ride-on floor scrapers are the ideal machine for the fast and efficient removal of lino, vinyl, ceramic tiles and rubber based sports floors. These battery powered ride-on machines are capable of removing up to 150sqm/hr with various attachments from razor sharp cutting blades that cut, lift and slice soft materials enabling easy collection and disposal, through to tile busting chisels that break up tiles or timber flooring. When removing softer materials, the scraper leaves the substrate with minimal residue requiring only light surface grinding to ensure maximum glue removal for optimum surface preparation.
Recently the battery powered ride-on floor scraper was used to remove 600m2 of seamless rubber based flooring approximately 11mm thick which had been inside a school gymnasium. The job was completed in one day, allowing the contractor to work during school hours without disruption to neighbouring classes due to its quiet fume free operation, which effectively allowed the job to be priced competitively without the need for after-hours work. One of the key features of the machine that makes its operation so productive is the dual hydraulic controls, allowing the operator to adjust both the angle and height of the blade for optimum productivity.
For any other surface preparation solution requirements, please contact your local Kennards Hire Concrete Care branch or call 1300 662 599  for a free site consultation.
Ride-on Floor Scraper available from member company Kennards Hire.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Each year we conduct a Fund-Raising Auction during our Conference Dinner with items donated by our supplier members and other supporters. Funds raised assist the SCA achieve its goals, which include promotion of members’ businesses, raising industry standards of construction quality and customer service, the endorsement of sound and ethical business practices, the raising of contractor knowledge, skills and standards, and the resolution of disputes that may arise between members and customers. Items donated in the past have included tennis court synthetic surfaces, netpost winders, netting, racquets, balls, 2 hours play on Pat Rafter arena, an Aussie Clean Sweep as well as tennis court lighting. If any member has a product or service to donate or provide at a low reserve, please contact the Secretary on 1800 208 202 or by email at admin@sportscontractors.com.au Alternatively, if you would like to sponsor any part of the Conference program, e.g. pre-dinner drinks, or know a corporation who would be interested in being recognised on the program in this way, please let us know as soon as possible.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

SCA Membership renewals will be emailed on 15 June to allow the subscription fee to be claimed before the end of the financial year. For those members who are also members of the Housing Industry Association (or would like to be under SCA's special National Corporate rate), HIA memberships are renewable in September. Please contact SCA Secretary for further information.
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