Community club left ‘gutted, saddened and devastated’ by vandals’ damage

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Members of community club Otahuhu United say they are “gutted, saddened and devastated” after vandals have caused serious damage to their main pitch at their Seaside Park home.

Club chairman Stephen West says this week’s vandalism was the second attack in a few weeks, and was a “setback” in the club’s efforts to upgrade the pitch.

It appears the damage was caused by quad bikes or off-road vehicles, which are banned from public parks.

Main photo: The vandalism has left deep gauges in the pitch.

“Our main pitch (opposite our clubrooms) had been under repairs for some time, changing from Seaside Beach to a decent-looking pitch again,” the club said in a social media posting to its members and followers.

“Obviously, we were looking forward to using it during our winter league, but someone (or a few) took it upon themselves to destroy our field in the last 48 hours.

“Gutted. Saddened. Devastated. These are just some of the words used by our team.”

The club remains determined it won’t spoil their efforts to enjoy the new season.

“There’s not much that we can do other than focus on ensuring our club has an epic season ahead.”

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