Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) is on the hunt for a new head groundsman after arenas operations manager Tony Gordon tendered his resignation, effective at the conclusion of this year’s AFL Grand Final.
The MCC said it will undertake a global search for a suitable replacement in the near future.
Gordon has been in charge of turf operations at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the past five years, having been promoted after serving three years as assistant arenas manager to Cameron Hodgkins.
In his time at the helm of Australia’s most famous patch of turf, he has ensured that the MCG remains at the forefront of turf management practices in the venue industry.
Gordon oversaw the transformation of the MCG for a number of major events, including the conversion of the arena from a cricket venue to AFL mode in less than four days following the 2015 Cricket World Cup Final.
Similar challenges posed by a Guns N’ Roses concert in February this year, as well as several winter transitions between soccer and AFL matches were all managed seamlessly, an MCG spokeswoman said.
Gordon also drove the complete reconstruction of the MCG arena in October 2014, the first of its kind in nearly a decade. He joined the MCG after a stint at golf courses in Australia and the US, and will return to the sport in a turf management role at The National Golf Club at Cape Schanck.
MCC CEO Stuart Fox said:
We are disappointed to have to say farewell to Tony. During his time as arenas operations manager, Tony has been instrumental in maintaining and improving the MCG arena turf quality through innovative practices.
The quality of the playing surface is of utmost importance for any stadium and he has played a major part in our success in recent years. We thank Tony for his contribution, and we wish him well in his new role.