The Robertson Oval cricket pitch caused some controversy following NSW’s Sheffield Shield win in February but curator Stephen Stapleton has hit its detractors for six.
Stapleton has been awarded Cricket NSW Country Groundsman of the Year for his work leading into Wagga’s historic match.
The Robertson Oval pitch drew criticism from former Test players Michael Slater and Stuart Clark, who labelled it not up to Sheffield Shield standard, after the Blues tore through Victoria twice in three days.
However Stapleton believes the award is great recognition for the countless hours that went into the ground.
“It's a lot of hours and a largely thankless task,” Stapleton said.
“It’s nice when long hours and hard work is rewarded.”
Despite 20 years in the industry, Stapleton had never heard of the award before but is pleased to be recognised for the work.
Stapleton will receive the honour Country Cricket NSW Annual Dinner in Coffs Harbour in August.
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.