AH Capp and WH Robinson Reserves


This page has been developed to keep the community informed of the current works and future development at A.H Capp Reserve and W.H Robinson Reserve.


W.H Robinson Reserve Upgrade

Cricket Nets

Works to upgrade the existing synthetic cricket training nets at WH Robinson Reserve are also planned. Construction is expected to commence in March 2019 (post cricket season) and will take approximately 6 weeks.


A.H Capp Reserve Upgrade

Turf Works

An upgrade to the playing surface at AH Capp Reserve is programmed to commence October 2018.

The surface upgrade will deliver a relevelled playing surface, removing the major low areas mainly located on the western side of the oval.

The works will require this ground to be closed from October to December 2018, essentially for safety reasons. Temporary fencing will be erected adjacent to the existing iron rail fence, including the open section in front of the pavilion for the duration of this project.

It is anticipated the fencing will be removed and the ground re-opened at the end of December 2018.

The following works are programmed:

  • Temporary fence installed
  • Cultivation of low sunken areas
  • De-compaction of the entire playing surface
  • Levelling / major top dressing of oval surface
  • Re-turf bare areas
  • Rejuvenate sub-surface drainage system
  • Grow-in period
  • Final top dress of playing surface with sand
  • Open ground December 2018


This page has been developed to keep the community informed of the current works and future development at A.H Capp Reserve and W.H Robinson Reserve.


W.H Robinson Reserve Upgrade

Cricket Nets

Works to upgrade the existing synthetic cricket training nets at WH Robinson Reserve are also planned. Construction is expected to commence in March 2019 (post cricket season) and will take approximately 6 weeks.


A.H Capp Reserve Upgrade

Turf Works

An upgrade to the playing surface at AH Capp Reserve is programmed to commence October 2018.

The surface upgrade will deliver a relevelled playing surface, removing the major low areas mainly located on the western side of the oval.

The works will require this ground to be closed from October to December 2018, essentially for safety reasons. Temporary fencing will be erected adjacent to the existing iron rail fence, including the open section in front of the pavilion for the duration of this project.

It is anticipated the fencing will be removed and the ground re-opened at the end of December 2018.

The following works are programmed:

  • Temporary fence installed
  • Cultivation of low sunken areas
  • De-compaction of the entire playing surface
  • Levelling / major top dressing of oval surface
  • Re-turf bare areas
  • Rejuvenate sub-surface drainage system
  • Grow-in period
  • Final top dress of playing surface with sand
  • Open ground December 2018

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  • Does the council realise that with over a forecasted 400 soccer players training and playing on the grass pitch next year the surface will be destroyed beyond repair. Any attempted upgrade to the surface would be a gross waste of money that could be put towards a synthetic surface. FFV is looking to partner with metropolitan clubs and upgrade certain pitches to synthetic. Since Darebin Falcons are one of the biggest metropolitan soccer clubs in Victoria I feel this could could be explored further. In the long term has the council considered altering the existing AFL ground into two soccer pitches with a cricket wicket in between, and installing the synthetic soccer pitch at Robinson Reserve? This would mean relocating the Darebin Falcons junior AFL club and possibly both cricket clubs sharing the same venue.

    Soccerdad72 asked 12 months ago

    Hi there,

    Thank you again for your question submission and patience while the relevant areas responded accordingly.

    Regarding the current turf maintenance works; the field at Capp Reserve is being levelled. These maintenance works are apart of an annual scheduled maintenance program conducted on selected grounds each year to preserve the ground and ensure safe playing field. 

    In regards to FFV looking at partnership arrangements with local clubs and synthetic pitches, we are in open communication with our FFV club ambassador and opportunities to install synthetics would require further investigation such as a feasibility study to explore all options including the relocation of sports clubs. 

    Thank you for your time and feedback.

    Kind regards


  • Has the council considered Synthetic turf as an option to resurface the reserve? Has the council considered to change the layout of the ground and utilize the surrounding space more efficiently such as changing Soccer pitch direction in order to have a secondary small pitch and reallocate cricket pitch to minimize impact on the soccer pitch? Regards

    180910DC_ asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your questions and interest in A.H. Capp and W.H. Robinson Reserves. 

    In reference to your first question, a synthetic turf at this location has not been considered as an option. Whilst synthetic playing surfaces can help to maximise use, there is a significant cost to such an investment which has not been considered in this year’s budget.

    The long term planning for all sports fields across the municipality will need to consider the use of synthetic surfaces in the future and would be done so considering a number of factors such as current and future users of the site. This location is close to residential properties and experiences high levels of dog traffic which would create ongoing issues with synthetic turf so it may not be the best option for this location.

    In response to your second question, we always try to get the best use out of the spaces that we have and Council works with the Clubs to maximise this whilst also juggling the other users and uses of the playing area – both formal and informal. Unfortunately there is not enough space on the site to relocate or change the direction of the soccer pitch and keep the cricket pitch out of play for soccer so the current configuration has been considered the best option for the current use.

    Thank you again for your questions.