“TigerTurf WETT Pro is the best surface we have had at North Harbour Hockey and is already a firm favourite with our hockey community,” said Riki Burgess, the CEO of North Harbour Hockey.
North Harbour hosts several major national hockey tournaments and international events every year and wanted a top-class pitch to match the high standard of its facilities at the North Harbour Hockey Stadium.
There was a limited amount of time available in which to carry out the resurfacing of the pitch, as it is used all year by the hockey community. TigerTurf was able to comply with the restricted time available for the project with some careful planning.
WETT Pro is made from extremely durable monofilament yarn, which gives this surface its outstanding properties: a longer playing life than other hockey turfs, a safe, non-slip surface, with free movement of the stick and ball in all directions. The ball sits on the ends of the
blades making more accurate, powerful shots possible.
The hockey pitch had to be playable with a limited supply of water, which TigerTurf WETT Pro surface can do, and to maintain effective drainage during the wet winter months. TigerTurf installations are carefully designed to drain freely even in wet climates, and North Harbour commented: “The WETT Pro surface drains the fastest of our 3 water turfs, allowing play right through our wet winters.” TigerTurf also needed to ensure the gluing system used with the new turf enabled the turf to be easily lifted and relocated to the new National Hockey Centre facility.
TigerTurf rubber shock pad gives players an advantage
TigerTurf WETT Pro is installed over a rubber shock pad to extend the life expectancy of the hockey surface and to improve the feel of the surface for the players. The soft, spongy surface also encourages the skillful stick play and technical maneuvers of the players. Hockey players expend a great deal of energy in racing up and down the pitch; a good rubber shock pad absorbs impact, reducing the risk of injury. Did we mention that hockey players tend to overreach themselves, and falls are not uncommon? The humble, spongy rubber shock pad that lurks beneath our hockey surfaces is a hero in many ways.