News

Car rips up fields, set alight

Paul Albertini president of the Lismore Thistles Soccer Club pictured on one of the playing fields and the burnt out car.
Paul Albertini president of the Lismore Thistles Soccer Club pictured on one of the playing fields and the burnt out car. Jacklyn Wagner

A CAR was set alight after being used to tear up two soccer fields in East Lismore in the early hours of yesterday.

Unidentified individuals cut the chains to gain access to the fields at the Lismore Thistles Soccer Club in Military Rd.

They then drove the car onto the field and did burn-outs across both soccer fields.

The car was then set on fire in a corner of the secondary soccer field.

It is the third time in the past two years vandals have damaged the club's fields with vehicles.

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club president Paul Albertini was furious that the fields were damaged again after they spent $1500 last November trying to secure the site.

"Why would they want to do it? What enjoyment could they possibly get from doing this? They have to be pretty sick and low," he said.

The club invested last year in security cameras, which were installed recently, so the club will be able to offer police footage from last night, including infrared images of the gates area.

"In October we had someone drive into the field. That is why we put all these rocks around it.

"We believed that would fix it up, but when you are keen you are keen," Mr Albertini said.

He explained that people driving and doing burn-outs in the field "dig up the grass, and if they sit in one spot they dig a trench."

"It can be difficult to fix. If the grounds are wet it does more damage than when it is dry and hard," he said.

After the burnt car is removed from the field, the club will have to fix the ruined soccer field before the first week of March, when their pre-season games are set to start.

"We'll have to get someone to dig it up and re-turf it, and get it ready because this secondary field is where we want to play the pre-season," Mr Albertini said.

The Lismore Thistles Soccer Club is the biggest club in Lismore, with 38 teams and more than 360 members.

Topics:  lismore thistles soccer club


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Nattali Rize at the top of the charts

ARTIST: Australian reggae artist Nattali Rize has Native American and Samoan roots and lives between Byron Bay, Cairns and Jamaica.

Her debut album hit the top at the Global Reggae Charts

Ballina 'uninhabitable' in latest sea level rise scenario

INUNDATION THREAT: Areas in dark blue show the impact of a 0.74m seal level rise, while areas in light blue show a 2m rise.

Ballina, Byron Bay and more coastal towns to go underwater

Grow your own dwarf citrus trees

There's a new meyer lemon called Lemonicious that produces lots of tangy, juicy fruit, has glossy green leaves and also beautifully-perfumed white flowers in spring. Plus it grows to a very manageable 1m when planted in a pot.

Tips and picks from gardening expert Angie Thomas

Local Partners

Stars line up for writers festival

JOHN Safran, Deng Thiak Adut and Dava Sobel among the names in first announcement.

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Mullum's hit cabaret duo Peter and Bambi

COMEDY: Asher Treleaven (La Soirée) and Gypsy Wood (Miss Cage Dance Universe Australia) are Peter & Bambi Heaven.

If David Copperfield and Claudia Schiffer were from this area

Space Cowboy: Byron's record-breaking showman

MESMERIZING PERFORMER: The Space Cowboy, Byron Bay's Chayne Hultgren, goes on stage this weekend.

See his mind-bending live show this weekend

Stars line up for writers festival

JOHN Safran, Deng Thiak Adut and Dava Sobel among the names in first announcement.

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Charlie Hunnam in a scene from the movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Nattali Rize at the top of the charts

ARTIST: Australian reggae artist Nattali Rize has Native American and Samoan roots and lives between Byron Bay, Cairns and Jamaica.

Her debut album hit the top at the Global Reggae Charts

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

REVEALED: Where it's cheaper to pay off a mortgage than rent

6/190 Ewing Rd, Woodridge, is listed for offers $215,000. Picture: realestate.com.au

Brisbane suburbs where it is cheaper to buy than rent

The hardest place in the state to find a rental property

RENTAL SHORTAGE: Richmond River, Ballina Bar Emigrant Creek Pacific Highway Teven Interchange. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star

Not enough supply to meet insatiable demand

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!