Jim Devine Field, home of Murwillumbah Football Club, was badly damaged by hooning on Saturday morning.
Jim Devine Field, home of Murwillumbah Football Club, was badly damaged by hooning on Saturday morning. Facebook

They know who you are, so fess up or face the cops

Update, 11.27am: DUNLOE Sands, a Pottsville based business and Murwillumbah Football Club sponsors, have offered to help the club fix their field, which was damaged by a hoon on the weekend.

Sasha Peterson addressed the club's latest Facebook status update, regarding the weekend's incident, with an offer of help.

"I work for Dunloe Sands, we sponsor the club and want to help out with the repair of the grounds so the club can host the final and the fields can reopen," she said. 

"We would like to offer you 65 tonnes of top dressing sand. Completely free of charge.

"We cannot supply the transport but I'm sure one of the local transport companies in town would be able to assist."

 

Initial Report, July 16, 10.22am: MAN up and admit what you have done, we know who you are.

That's the message from Murwillumbah Football Club (MFC) after a hoon destroyed Jim Devine Field on Saturday about 2am.

The home ground of the club was badly damaged after a driver gained access and tore up the playing field, leaving deep tyre marks across the oval.

It is alleged the car was "hooning" around town before gaining access to the field.

A spokesman for MFC said the club does not want to go to the police, but they will go down that path if the person involved does not admit what they have done and apologise for their actions.

If they bury their head in the sand they'll face serious consequences, we'll name and shame and let the police know.

"We're all beyond p**sed off to be honest, they've really screwed up a lot of people" the spokesman said.

"We know who did it and we want to give them a chance to get it right, apologise and help fix it up.

"If they bury their head in the sand they'll face serious consequences, we'll name and shame and let the police know."

The spokesman said the damage would require topsoil and a fertiliser program, which would take time and come at a considerable cost to the club and Tweed Shire Council.

"A first year model 1989 Subaru Liberty light coloured sedan was seen hooning at 2am up and down Queensland Rd into Main Street then Brisbane Street roundabout and back out Qld Road near our fields," the club's Facebook page stated on Sunday.

However, the club believes the owner of the vehicle was not behind the wheel.

Murwillumbah Football Club said a car similar to this 1989 Subaru Liberty sedan caused the damage to Jim Devine Field.
Murwillumbah Football Club said a car similar to this 1989 Subaru Liberty sedan caused the damage to Jim Devine Field. Facebook

The club used its Facebook site to encourage a public search for the driver responsible and over 20,000 people have viewed the page since then.

Three status updates relating to the incident have been shared by the public over 230 times and messages of support have poured in.

"Our field (Jim Devine) was destroyed by a vehicle last night," the club's Facebook page stated.

"If anyone has any information regarding the scum that did this please private message this page.

"At MFC we are a very proud club and will not be broken. We will not rest until we find who did this."

The thoughtless vandalism will affect day-to-day activities at the club, with training programs, junior and senior matches forced to move to Les Cave Oval, Murwillumbah.

If anyone has any additional information the club encourages people to private message their Facebook page.

"We want to identify these mugs and pass it on to the proper authorities - PLEASE NO POSTS ON THIS PUBLIC PAGE - private messages to this page ONLY - any names on this page will be deleted immediately as we do not want a witch hunt or innocent people hurt," the club's Facebook page stated.

MFC is currently on an 17 game undefeated streak in the Gold Coast Premier League and it is very likely they will take this year's premiership, the first the club has ever won.

"Now thanks to this that's all in jeopardy," the spokesman said.

The club said lost canteen revenue and the cost of moving games from Jim Devine Field will hit them hard.

"We battle week in week out with the Gold Coast prejudice of coming to our (hick) town to play an inferior quality of soccer and with inferior facilities," the club's Facebook page stated.

"But this year we have proven all the doubters wrong ,we have made them all stand up and recognize Murwillumbah as a town of passionate and proud people that will fight for the things they love."



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