Locals, Former National Rugby League Players Against Demolition Of Skully Park
Angry locals and National Rugby League greats are against "controversial plans to bulldoze Tamworth's historic Scully Park for a motel-function centre," according to Dean Ritchie of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Scully Park "is among the most famous grounds in bush football." The ground's possible demise "would all but end any chance of NRL clubs taking future trial matches to Tamworth." Former rugby player Steve Roach said, ''It is terribly sad -- we should be trying to hang on to our heritage. These country grounds have a lot of history and charm. A lot of great players have graced Scully Park. How can you keep telling stories about a famous ground when the ground itself has gone?" A public rally on Wednesday night "attracted criticism toward the plans, drawn up by West Tamworth League Club, to demolish the ground and redevelop nearby Scully Park 2." An NRL trial between Newcastle Knights and Canberra Raiders "is still due to be played on Scully Park in February" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 12/20).